A brand known for their extremely complex watches, Greubel Forsey has entered uncharted waters, and surmounted a mammoth architectural obstacle with the design of the new GMT Earth.
The watch, while identical to its predecessor, the GMT in terms of its complications and functions, features some modifications to the aesthetics of the dial, and most notably provides a 3-D, 360˚ view of planet Earth, from the North to the South Poles. In the original GMT, Antartica could not be seen, and the effect of the new fully exposed globe is much more dramatic, in keeping with what loyalists of the brand have come to expect. To achieve this astounding feat, the boundary defying watchmakers have utilized a complex application of sapphire crystal, a skill which has taken years to research and perfect.
The watch has a 45.5mm case, with a height of 16.1mm, making it a chunkier watch than its predecessor, and the movement has also taken on more prominence. The dimensions of the case accommodate the high-domed sapphire crystal bezel, and the signature high-level of finishing seen in the special artistry on the caseband. Greubel Forsey’s distinctive lateral plates bear the engraved inscriptions reflecting the values of the brand that are visible on the case body.
In addition to the unique 3-dimensional model of the earth, the use of 3-D is visible in every part of the watch, first with the hour, minute and small seconds indications at the highest point of the dial. The GMT indication, marked by a triangular red hand and the long, slender hand of the power reserve indication are also 3-dimensional. Finally, the GMT Earth features Greubel Forsey’s 3rd pivotal invention, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes, alongside the globe.
This horological masterpiece simultaneously displays three time zones to within 15 minutes and 24-time zones are visible on the movement side with the world-time disc, which also displays which time zones observe daylight savings Time. This complements the universal time represented by the globe, and makes this watch a veritable need for the frequent world traveler.
Available in white gold only, this watch is a limited edition of 33 pieces with nickel silver main plates which are frosted and spotted with polished beveling, as are the bridges, which have a special nickel-platinum finish. The tourbillon bridge also showcasing the laborious and hard to accomplish flat black polishing, just one of the many finishing treatments applied to this exceptional timepiece.
As with every new offering by the deeply technical brand, Greubel Forsey’s GMT Earth promises to be big news for connoisseurs, and of the most awaited releases of the year. Every true patron of haute horlogerie will be waiting to experience just what it means to wear a Greubel Forsey watch.