Greubel Forsey Unveil New GMT Timepiece at BaselWorld

By Paul Joseph

Swiss luxury watchmaker Greubel Forsey is known for making extremely complicated high-end watches that push the boundaries of innovation.

Back in 2013, the brand’s GMT timepiece debuted with an eye-catching multi-layer, three-dimensional layout complete with a rotating globe.

Now the watchmaker has revealed a new version of this striking creation at the 2019 BaselWorld fair in Switzerland, which came to a close earlier this week.

The new watch combines a quadruple tourbillon with a GMT complication. For each of the paired tourbillons, the inner cage is set at a 30° angle and rotates around once per minute, while the outer cage is upright and rotates once every four minutes.

A differential between the two pairs averages out the timing to make the timepiece as accurate as possible.

The main time display is located between 1 and 2 o’clock which also has the 72-hour power reserve indicator built into it. At 4 o’clock is the running seconds and the second time zone display.

The most noticeable element of the dial, however, is the miniature globe, asymmetrically located between 8 and 9 o’clock. Around the equator is the fixed 24-hour ring that visually gives a sense of time across the globe.

On the other side of the GMT Quadruple Tourbillon, the UTC time is indicated with the help of a disc. The parts of the world that observe Daylight Savings are indicated in a lighter coloration, while the regions that don’t are in a darker colour.

Only 66 examples of the watch will be made with each carrying a uniquely numbered plate. The first edition of 11 pieces will be in white gold and is priced at $820,000.

By Paul Joseph