Greubel Forsey specialises in exotic and expensive tourbillons, all of which are available only in precious metals, until now. The new Double Tourbillon Technique has a glossy, black DLC coated titanium case, matched with a stitched rubber strap. It is a striking departure from the typical Greubel Forsey style. Ironically, though this is Greubel Forsey’s most fashion forward watch, the Double Tourbillon 30° was actually the brand’s first tourbillon, featuring two carriages: the inner cage inclined at 30° with a one minute rotation, and the outer cage rotating once every four minutes on the same place as the dial.
Several versions of the Double Tourbillon 30° have been created, including the most recent Double Tourbillon Asymétrique, but the Double Tourbillon Technique series is the only one with an open dial, revealing the lavish decoration and construction of the movement. Remember that it is this same movement that won the Concours de Chronométrie 2011.
Unfortunately, the black aesthetic of the watch means that the details of the finishing is not as apparent as with the other models, especially on the black coated bridges and plates; it’s there but just not too visible. That is a shame.
The case has a 47.5 mm diameter, but unlike the precious metal versions, the Double Tourbillon Technique in titanium is lightweight and sits far better on the wrist.
I am not usually a fan of finely finished complications in sporty, black-coated cases. Every single Greubel Forsey watch is a magnificent example of accomplished watchmaking, this included, but I find the look incongruous with the movement and function.
This is akin to a matte black Rolls Royce Phantom with racing stripes – but then again there are enough people around the world driving cars just like that. The Double Tourbillon Technique retails for S$786,450 including 7% tax in Singapore, or about US$620,000.
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