Today Greubel Forsey has announced the arrival of its first official “sports” watch, the GMT Sport. This new model isn’t exactly a timepiece fit for a tough mudder, but the haute horlogerie brand has made great efforts with this piece to introduce a sports-focused watch that will meet the growing demand among luxury consumers for exquisite, hardier timepieces.
The new model foremost features its new satin-finished 45-mm titanium case. The case uses what the brand dubs as an “original case geometry” — i.e., a new shape, appearing like a traditional round watch case from the top view, but revealing an arched and more ergonomic shape from the side profile. The rationale for this effort is to push the limits of “wrist comfort” through the new case form, allowing wearers of the watch something truly unique in terms of wearability. This case features Greubel Forsey’s values relief-engraved on the outer, satin-finished bezel, a large, blue, rubber-accented crown on its right side, and two pushers located on the left side: one to select the second time zone and the other for synchronizing the local time with the globe. The case of the piece is then secured to the wrist using a black or blue rubber strap, reinforced using a double-folding clasp.
The dial of the watch uses an aesthetic in line with previous Greubel Forsey designs, using an open architecture and featuring a combination of suspended bridges, semi-apparent wheels, and floating subdials all in three dimensions. Most prominently, you’ll notice the 24-seconds openworked tourbillon toward the 1 o’clock position, a power reserve at 3 o’clock, a terrestrial world-timer towards the bottom right of the face, and a subdial both for running seconds and a second time zone at the 11:30 position. The caseback of the watch further adds to its time-telling capacity, with outer and central rings completing the sapphire cities disk to give UTC Universal and summer (or Daylight Savings) time for 24 cities in the major time zones. This disk distinguishes these time zones that use summer time, by applying to them a light background, from those that do not, which are given a dark background.
Inside the watch is a completely new movement built specifically for this highly valued model, capable of a 72-hour power reserve. The hand-wound mechanism is constructed using 435 individual parts, among which include two coaxial series-coupled fast-rotating barrels, a variable-inertia balance wheel with gold mean-time screws, its inclined tourbillon, and no less than 63 individual jewels.
While pricing is still unavailable, the GMT Sport will be available in only eleven editions, and will be offered to a select group of consumers at the start of 2020.