Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe

GREUBEL FORSEY REIMAGINES THE (WATCHMAKING) UNIVERSE

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe
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Could this be a return to geocentrism? With the new GMT Balancier Convexe, Greubel Forsey places the Earth back at the centre of its universe. This new GMT calibre replaces all previous GMT models and features, for the first time, its signature inclined balance wheel, as if in orbit around the Earth. A construction whose aesthetic architecture is matched only by its technical mastery and which confirms Greubel Forsey’s resolutely contemporary approach to Fine Watchmaking.

The Earth may no longer be the centre of the universe, as thought by Aristotle through Copernicus, but it is at the centre of Greubel Forsey’s new GMT Balancier Convexe. The perfect titanium sphere with its continents, seas and oceans, is one of the Atelier’s most emblematic creations. It was the centrepiece of the GMT, GMT Earth, GMT Quadruple Tourbillon and GMT Sport, some of Greubel Forsey’s greatest successes to date.

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe

Today, Greubel Forsey is dedicating a brand new calibre to the Terrestrial globe, decisively replacing its predecessors. It is the purest and most contemporary interpretation of the GMT complication ever imagined, deeply rooted in the universe of the brand as well as in Haute Horlogerie.

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe

An Earthly amphitheatre

The Earth is showcased majestically, positioned at the very heart of an amphitheatre-like construction. Flush with the sapphire crystal, almost close enough to the surface to touch, it moves in a constant 24-hour rotation, just as the Earth rotates in real life. This amphitheatre is bordered by three rings which indicate two complementary times: hours and minutes local time, as well as universal time.

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe

The 24 time zones displaying universal time are set against a black background if the time indicated is at night, and on a white background during the day time.

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe

Local time is indicated on the two outer rings: one for the hours on a grey satin-finished ring, and minutes on a thin black outer ring. Each time indication has its own hand with a red triangular tip filled with luminescent material. These hands move on two further rings, engraved with key words dear to the Atelier, to display GMT. Finally, an off-centre display at 10 o’clock indicates a second time zone with a blue gold hand.

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe

For the caseback of the timepiece, Greubel Forsey opted to keep the disc with 24 time zones indicating the UTC time of the 24 reference cities, but with a rather appropriate modification: the UTC of Paris has been replaced by the city where Greubel Forsey has been established since its early days: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe

Hand finishing par excellence

The beating heart of the timepiece, appreciated by collectors for its remarkable chronometric performance, is a spectacular sight. Once again, Greubel Forsey stuns with its level fine craftmanship. The 30° inclined balance wheel, seemingly suspended in mid-air, is held by a beautiful flat black polished and barrel polished steel balance wheel bridge on polished steel pillars. To its right, the small seconds, displayed with a blue gold hand completes the ensemble.

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe

The titanium bridges, which serve as the æsthetic backdrop for this horological spectacle, are hand-finished with a steel brush and take on a frosted texture never before applied by Greubel Forsey. The delicate frosted surfaces catch the light and accentuate the globe, which remains the protagonist of the arena.

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe

Finally, the inside of the case is polished so that it mirrors the escapement platform, the Terrestrial globe, and nearly every element visible on the dial side, thus adding incredible depth to this new construction.

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe

Signature convex case

This theatrical composition takes place within the signature convex case designed by Greubel Forsey. Made of titanium and with a diameter of 46.5mm around the bezel and 43.5mm around the caseband, it hugs the curve of the wrist perfectly. It also represents the major technical feat of achieving a movement that follows an imperceptible slope of just a few degrees. The sapphire crystal and satin-finished bezel follow the same curved geometry, which extends onto either a titanium bracelet or a textured rubber strap.

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe

Greubel Forsey will only make 66 GMT Balancier Convexe timepieces: 22 per year between 2022 and 2024.

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe
GMT Balancier Convexe

Greubel Forsey GMT Balancier Convexe Technical Specifications

GMT Balancier Convexe
In titanium
Limited edition
Patented hand-wound movement

GMT • 2nd time zone • rotating globe with universal time and day-and-night • universal time on 24 time zones • summer and winter time • cities observing summer time • GMT pusher • 30° inclined Greubel Forsey balance wheel system • hours and minutes • small seconds

MOVEMENT

NUMBER OF PARTS
• Movement: 423
• Escapement platform: 59

NUMBER OF JEWELS
• 42
• Olived-domed jewels in gold chatons

CHRONOMETRIC POWER RESERVE
• 72 hours

FREQUENCY
• 21’600 vibrations/hour

DISPLAYS
• Hours and minutes
• Small seconds
• 2nd time zone GMT
• Rotating globe with universal time
• Day-and-night
• 24 time zones universal time
• Summer time, winter time

EXTERIOR

CASE
• Titanium with curved sapphire crystal
• Three-dimensional, variable geometry-shaped bezel, hand-polished with hand-finished straight graining
• Raised engraving “GMT” and “Greubel Forsey”

CASE DIMENSIONS
• Diameter: 43,50mm (caseband) and 46,50mm (bezel)
• Height: 13,75mm (case) et 17,40mm (synthetic sapphire crystals)

WATER RESISTANCE OF THE CASE
• Water-resistant 10atm – 100m – 328ft

DIAL SIDE
• Terrestrial globe in titanium, relief-engraved continents, ocean blue treatment
• Day-and-night UTC indicator in titanium, engraved and lacquered
• GMT indicator in gold
• Amphitheatre hour-ring with engraved and lacquered minute-circle
• Small seconds indicator in gold

STRAP AND CLASP
• Non-animal material, rubber with text in relief, titanium folding clasp, engraved GF logo
• On demand: 3-row metal bracelet in titanium, folding clasp with integrated fine adjustment, engraved GF logo

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