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In recent Issues, QP has devoted plenty of space to the resurgence of ambition on British watchmaking and QP58 is no exception as we recount the debut of M [...]


QP Magazine Current Issue #58


Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1

Tuesday 22 January 2013

In issue 57, QP brought you news of an exciting collaboration between Greubel Forsey founders Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey and renowned British micro-sculptor Willard Wigan.


Still a work in process, Art Piece 1 is being unveiled in its advanced state at SIHH, revealing a striking blue timepiece with a dial incorporating a 30° inclined double tourbillion alongside a dedicated space to display one of Wigan's creations.


The real challenge, however, lies in the integrated optics - a miniature microscope set into the caseband, allowing the wearer to fully appreciate the mindboggling detail of Wigan's nano-sculpture. This optical-grade instrument offers 23-fold magnification, with the timepiece cleverly designed to allow enough natural light to illuminate the sculpture.


Greubel Forsey is also introducing another of its latest pieces at the Geneva fair - the Double Tourbillon Technique Black. Its openworked movement offers a new interpretation of the brand's first 'invention' presented in 2004 - the Double Tourbillon 30°, featuring a mechanism with one 60-second tourbillon inclined at 30° rotating inside another tourbillon cage rotating in four minutes.


In addition to being the only black model in the collection, with red gold, white gold and platinum versions also available, it is also the first of the brand's timepieces to be offered in a more casual pairing of titanium case and rubber strap. The open dial allows for an unobstructed view of the movement, with the tourbillon mechanism visible at 6 o'clock. 


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