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|Scope of delivery:||Original box, original papers|
|Expected delivery:||Sep 23, 2019 - Oct 1, 2019|
|Reference number||Greubel Forsey GMT Earth Limited Edition white gold|
|Case material||White gold|
|Condition||Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||Original box, original papers|
|Location||United Kingdom, London|
|Power reserve||72 h|
|Case material||White gold|
|Case diameter||45.5 mm|
|Bezel material||White gold|
|Dial numerals||Arabic numerals|
|Lug width||22 mm Size guide|
|Clasp material||White Gold|
|Display Back, Small Seconds, Power Reserve Display, Limited Edition, Only Original Parts, World time watch|
This pre-owned, Greubel Forsey GMT Earth is a testament to what happens when every single aspect of watchmaking – from timekeeping precision to finishing – is pushed to the extreme. Combining extroverted aesthetics with extremely theoretically and technically sophisticated watchmaking, it is the fruit of an uncompromising and perfectionist collaboration between independent watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey.
Having worked together at complications manufacturer Renaud et Papi, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey decided to found Greubel Forsey in 2004, with the goal of pushing the limits of creativity, technology and craftsmanship. As Greubel himself recalls;
“Going against the tide, Stephen and I were convinced that there was still much to invent in the world of fine watchmaking. We therefore decided to undertake various watchmaking challenges and to initiate a revival in terms of architecture and fine craftsmanship, as well as with regard to innovation and the improvement of performance”
Producing no more than 100 timepieces a year, Greubel Forsey has pushed the boundaries of watchmaking ever since its inception, combining the extreme pursuit of timekeeping accuracy, constant innovation and hand finishing of the highest standard. Limited to 33 pieces, the GMT Earth in white gold exemplifies this design philosophy.
This pre-owned GMT Earth combines an impressive array of complications: an inclined tourbillon, two time zones, a world time disk which takes into account Daylight Saving Time and, most spectacularly, a three-dimensional model of the Earth which rotates every hour.
At the core of the watch is the tourbillon. From its inception, Greubel Forsey has been deeply involved in refining the tourbillon, which had evolved very little since the end of the 18thcentury. The purpose of the inclined tourbillon, positioned at 5 o’clock, is to never allow the balance wheel and escapement to be in the most imperfect variation of positions, so as to diminish the effects of gravity on precision timekeeping.
Perhaps the most visually striking element of the watch is the three-dimensional globe, offering a mesmerising 360-degree view of planet Earth, all the way from the North to the South pole. By reproducing the Earth's rotation in real time, this timepiece offers an intuitive view of time all over the world and a day and night indication. This technical feat was achieved by an original movement architecture in relation to the case shape and dimensions. Revealing the entire terrestrial globe required complex application of sapphire crystal, a skill which Greubel Forsey has acquired over many years of research and utilisation. It represents an improvement on the original Greubel Forsey GMT from 2011, on which Antarctica was not visible.
The integration of the Earth in this timepiece adds a certain serenity to it. Looking down at it, the Earth feels both close enough to be familiar and distant enough to seem an abstraction. It is a reminder, not so much of the time, but the ways in which we determine and perceive it.
The three-dimensional aspect of this timepiece is certainly not limited to the globe, but rather flows through the whole movement and case construction. The three-dimensionality first appears at the highest point of the dial, with the hour, minute and small seconds indications. The gaze then glides across the GMT display with its triangular red hand, followed by the power reserve displayed by a long, slender hand. Further, the case has a unique shape: it appears to have been wrapped around the various complications and features Greubel Forsey’s signature statement of purpose. An aperture at 7 o’clock allows the wearer to peer through at the globe. A pusher on the side of the case also allows for the GMT hand to be set in one-hour increments.
Flipping over to the movement side, the watch is no less intricate or visually stimulating. The reverse of the globe is visible, a feature which did not appear on earlier the earlier GMT watch by Greubel Forsey. Further, 24 time zones are displayed with the summer and winter times to complement the universal time indicated by the terrestrial globe.
At every angle, one is able to appreciate the uncompromising and painstaking levels of hand finishing which is put into this pre-owned GMT Earth, from the finishing of the tourbillon bridge to the base plate. With 22 employees used solely for finishing and decoration, it is clear that precision and reliability is not all that matters to Greubel Forsey.
The watch comes on a Greubel Forsey rubber strap and is accompanied by a corresponding white gold deployante buckle.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
CONDITION, SERVICING & PROVENANCE
This pre-owned Greubel Forsey GMT Earth is in excellent condition and has perfect mechanical functionality. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.
All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.
All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.
DELIVERY & RETURNS
We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.
If ordering from the UK or Europe before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.
If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination.
You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.
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