The Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Architecture isn’t like a lot of the other watches you can buy these days. If you’re not already intimately familiar with it, you're probably wondering exactly what makes it so special. How does it differ from other watches that are currently on the market? Granted, its looks are enough to stop you in your tracks and make you want to take a second (and even a third) look, but is there something else? The truth is, if the only thing you’re thinking about is the way this watch looks, you’re missing out on so many of the things that make it truly special. Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place because we’re about to take a closer look at this masterful timepiece. By the time you’ve finished reading, you just might decide to go procure one of these amazing watches for your own collection.
A Tradition of Unique Watchmaking
This particular watchmaker is mainly known for two different things. First and foremost, they have a tendency to create some rather groundbreaking designs. That being said, they also manage to find a way to keep those designs grounded in tradition so that people aren't put off by wearing a watch that seems like it's too different from everything else that's available. One of the main ways that they do this is by creating designs that are truly unique and timeless, then incorporating them into an open design where you can see the movement doing its thing as the watch ticks away the seconds. However, the company seems to be taking more risks with this particular watch. It's a departure from the norm in the sense that they're using a movement that is unique to this watch alone and in doing so, they've created something that is completely different from anything they've ever made available in the past. By the same token, the watch looks less traditional than most of the things they've done before, thanks in large part to a sleeker, more futuristic design. The end result is something with an open design, incorporating an exterior that seems more aerodynamic than you might expect. In fact, it seems like two polar opposite ideas that are married together, but instead of looking like an absolute mess, the watch ends up looking like a genuine work of art that just happens to also be capable of keeping time very accurately.
Is This Watch Really Different from the Competition?
If you're wondering whether or not this watch is actually different from the other competitors out there or if this is just another way to hype something up, all you have to do is glance at it. It's obvious almost immediately that it is truly something that stands out from the crowd in all the best ways possible. For starters, it's made with the precision that you would expect from a Swiss watchmaker, complete with a staggering 354 different components in the movement alone. Aside from the sapphire crystal, the remainder of the case, as well as the bridges, are made from titanium. Rounding out the high quality product list is a leather strap that's been sourced from economically friendly materials (plants) and a clasp that is also made from titanium. Of course, you also have the fact that this watch incorporates a skeleton design. However, that isn’t where its uniqueness ends. As a matter of fact, that's actually where it shines the brightest.
Nothing to Hide
One of the things that the watchmaker wanted to point out with this particular product was that they are indeed proud of their design, as they well should be. After all, it's not every day that you see a watch that involves such a classic, yet amazingly forward-thinking design, all rolled into one. Early on, the watchmaker wanted to make this something that people could truly get a good look at, hence the reason that they decided to create it as a skeleton watch. However, they took things to the next level by allowing you to see through the sapphire crystal at all angles, even all around the sides. Aside from the aforementioned titanium bridges, you can clearly see everything as it's happening. The fact that the crystal is exposed on the sides also means that more light gets in, creating something that looks truly magical when the light hits it just right. It's also worth noting that this particular watch features a 90-hour power reserve, something that far exceeds what you would expect to find on most luxury watches. That has something to do with the fact that the movement was designed by hand (and hand-wound) by some of the best experts in Swiss watchmaking, all done in-house at the company's factory. As a matter of fact, virtually nothing was sourced to a third party. That effectively gives the company more control over both the design and the quality of the finished product, so it's no wonder that they're so proud of what they have created here. Last but not least, it’s worth noting that while the watch has a diameter of 43.5 mm, it doesn’t look or feel so big that its size takes something away from its overall design. That’s largely because it was carefully designed to sit properly on the wrist, something that a lot of watches of lesser quality seem to struggle with.
Anyone who is interested in purchasing one of these watches probably wants to do so because they know exactly how rare something like this truly is. The design alone speaks volumes because you just don't see watches that are designed in such an intricate manner on a regular basis, especially when they are constructed in such a way that you can see every facet of them as they work. Couple that fact with the high quality and you know that you're on to a winner. These are the things that make this watch stand out and they're the reasons that people who understand the importance of owning a high-quality timepiece are waiting in line to get one for themselves.
Written by Lily Wordsmith
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