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Introducing The Greubel Forsey Balancier S

Introducing The Greubel Forsey Balancier S

Snappy Take

What are some of the things that come to mind when one hears the names Greubel and Forsey? Presumably “tourbillon,” and specifically those of the more-complex-than-expected sort. The improvement of such mechanisms in the service of accomplishing chronometric precision is presumably on the list. So, as well, meticulous hand-finishing that truly stands up to serious scrutiny under an incredible loupe. Greubel Forsey makes impressive watches, but on the other hand they’re genuinely enormous considering a run of the mill rating to 30 meters of water resistance. Some Greubel Forsey watches feel as on the off chance that they’ve have been designed around their impressively unpredictable movements. Cases may swell out to join sub-dials, displays, and escapements. This makes for a highly specialized style of watch design that some individuals truly love and others do not. 

Late last year, Greubel Forsey released another version of its well known GMT model, the GMT Sport, which accompanied another case shape executed in lightweight titanium, an elastic strap, and water resistance to 100 meters. Considering that this watch had at its heart a slanted tourbillon mechanism and an impressive degree of hand finishing, it was enticing to resist seeing it as a completely fledged sport watch, name notwithstanding. It unquestionably was a watch that Greubel Forsey owners could feel more comfortable wearing in casual environments and even in water. Today, we have an advancement of this idea as the similar yet less complicated – and therefore, I would contend, considerably sportier – Balancier S.

The Balancier S comes in the new style of case shape that is not normal for anything I’d very seen before the GMT Sport. It appears to be round when seen from straightforwardly above or straight on, yet when you take a gander at it from different angles, it reveals subtly complex dimensions, with a curved, ovoid shape coordinated with a bended sapphire crystal. 

In regular Greubel Forsey fashion, the escapement isn’t just any old escapement. As we’ve seen before from GF, this one is slanted to 30 degrees. Besides, it features Greubel Forsey’s in-house variable inactivity balance wheel, which was first presented in 2016 and most as of late was seen in last year’s highly wearable, sub-40mm Balancier Contemporain. Held set up by a calculated scaffold, the namesake balance has six gold inertial screws that have been inset inside the wheel to diminish air erosion. Greubel Forsey’s enormous equilibrium wheel may not be housed inside a tourbillon, the mechanism GF is still best known for after so long, yet its huge size (12.6mm distance across) was chosen in view of chronometry all the same. As you can see, it sits flush with a segment of the rakish dial, which itself has substantial surface finishing and beveling.

The baseplate and bridges are both made from titanium, and given the high degree of adornment found on this watch, that is a point worth discussing. While making these development components from titanium is useful in terms of holding the load down – these are not gently sized watches, all things considered – finishing titanium to the Greubel Forsey standard, and by hand, is a hard and slow-going process. 

Beginning Thoughts

The most visually striking component of the Balancier S is absolutely its case. When seen from a point, it appears almost to be moving up upon itself. To my eye, it adds another dimension to the class of leveled off, liquid bezel designs that one sometimes encounters in other extravagance sport watches. Furthermore, the emphasis on the novel case shape is effectively fortified by incorporated lugs, which seem to withdraw into the case. Greubel Forsey is no stranger to unusual case shapes, of course, but then most of the unusually proportioned shapes from GF eschew strict symmetry. That is not occurring here, and to that degree, the design itself doesn’t give off an impression of being your regular instance of atypical Greubel Forsey design. The printing of statements relating to the watchmaking pair’s views on their craft is, then again, something we’ve seen before from the marque, and another illustration of how Greubel Forsey has pushed the boundaries of watch beautification in its own exceptional manner. Here, as with the previous GMT Sport, the bezel is the canvas for this embellishment. It comes satin finished and engraved with what Greubel Forsey identifies as its key values. 

The sides of the case and the crown have each been decorated with dark elastic, complementing the strap. Furthermore, the strap itself features help text on its inside surface, as you can see above. The development has that brand name style of Greubel Forsey enhancement that is misleadingly simple in appearance to the undeveloped eye. “Where is the extravagantly engraved equilibrium cockerel?” some will need to know. Yet, whenever you get an opportunity to go hands-on with Greubel watches and really scrutinize such telling surfaces as the development’s inside angles, one can see that the work truly is second to none. Presently, of course, this is a presenting post that uses supplied photographs; I’d urge you to examine longer articles on other Greubel Forsey watches with unique photography and see on the off chance that you don’t come away just somewhat wowed by the finishing regularly seen in these watches. As is the case with certain different works of workmanship, I’m moved by an appreciation for this finishing regardless of whether I don’t necessarily feel a strong desire to claim a watch bearing it myself.

The Basics

Brand: Greubel Forsey
Model: Balancier S

Diameter: 45mm (bezel), 43mm (caseband)
Thickness: 13.75mm; 15.6mm with synthetic sapphire crystals
Case Material: Titanium
Indexes: Three-dimensional variable calculation hour ring with lacquered hour and moment indexes
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Rubber with text in help. Titanium collapsing clasp with GM logo.

The Movement

Functions: Hours and minutes on suspended curve connect; small seconds, power-reserve marker (72 hours)
Diameter: 37mm
Thickness: 10.62mm
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Winding: Manually wound
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Jewels: 42

Estimating & Availability

Price: CHF 195,000
Limited Edition: 18 pieces in this edition

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