Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Blue

Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Blue First Look

By nature of its immaculate finishing and out-of-this-world movement, a Greubel Forsey watch is anything but understated. However, the brand has found a way to make its already outstanding Quadruple Tourbillon watch stand out even more. How? By giving it a striking polished blue gold dial. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the new Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Blue.

Specifications

Brand: Greubel Forsey
Model:
Quadruple Tourbillon Blue
Dimensions:
43.5mm (diameter), 16.11mm (height)
Water Resistance:
30m
Case Material:
Platinum or 18k 5N red gold
Crystal/Lens:
Sapphire
Movement:
In-house hand-wound movement with quadruple tourbillon
Frequency:
3Hz
Power Reserve:
50 hours
Strap/Bracelet:
Hand-sewn alligator strap with matching platinum or 18k 5N red gold folding clasp
Price & Availability:
Limited to 8 pieces in each metal, Price TBD

Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Blue First Look

Analysis

The Quadruple Tourbillon has been a mainstay for Greubel Forsey and it gets a much deserved makeover for 2018 to keep it fresh. The striking polished blue gold dial is attractive, especially when paired with a red gold case. The choice of a blue dial makes sense to me, since Greubel Forsey’s previous blue dial watches, like the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain “Royal Blue,” were well received.

The blue dial aside, the rest of the Quadruple Tourbillon Blue watch is pretty much standard fare – that’s if you can call anything that Greubel Forsey makes “standard.” The highlight of the Quadruple Tourbillon Blue is, of course, the quadruple tourbillon. Essentially, there are two double tourbillons that are coupled by a differential which averages out their rates. When you consider that a single tourbillon already averages out the effects of gravity on a balance wheel, you’ll begin to realize that this quadruple tourbillon configuration simply takes that concept to the extreme.

It goes without saying that the movement is extensively finished. The spec sheet that I’m staring at right now has a long list of finishes and treatments that are done to the watch, including hand beveled bridges, polished countersinks, straight-grained flanks, engraved gold plates, hand polished tourbillon cage pillars, and many, many more.

Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Blue First Look

Summary

To many, Greubel Forsey is about complexity and artistry, and the Quadruple Tourbillon Blue is a perfect encapsulation of those qualities – a highly complicated watch and a movement decorated with superlative hand finishing. It is an undoubtedly special watch, but with only 8 pieces in each precious metal being made and a price tag that can probably get you a couple of Ferraris with change to spare, it also takes a very special kind of watch collector to have the means to acquire it. If you are that kind of collector, all I can say is, “Lucky you.” We’ll be sure to share exact pricing once we confirm with the brand. greubelforsey.com