Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 Watch

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 Watch


Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 Watch Watch Releases


If you know Greubel Forsey, you know to expect epic horology, finishing, concepts, and prices. If you know the brand’s Art Piece collection, then you will quickly understand what is going on with its latest member, the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2, just released for SIHH 2017. It is similar to previous Art Piece watches, only styled with a “sportier” flair and without the microscopic sculpture that has been a defining feature of the collection up to now. For those unfamiliar with the brand or the collection, the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 probably requires a little explanation.

…Like how the hell you read the time, if you are looking at the image above. It’s easy, so let’s just cover that point right away. The “subdial” at about 5:30 contains an aperture from 12 o’clock to about 4:30. The aperture is opened and closed with the pusher just below the crown on the case’s side to hide and reveal the time. The hours and minutes are then displayed on discs and indicated by the little red triangles.


Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 Watch Watch Releases



Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 Watch Watch Releases


That means you can hide the time so that it appears your wrist is hosting a half-million-dollar watch that only displays an oblique-angled, twitching tourbillon and a proud, 72-hour-power-reserve indicator. It’s kind of pointless to get hung up on the purpose or practicality of something like this since it’s clearly meant to be a provocative statement. If it raises questions about the nature of man’s relationship with time, some irony of the luxury watch industry, or about the purpose of art itself, I will leave that for you to ponder.


Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 Watch Watch Releases


The Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 has a lot in common with the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 1 that we covered here in terms of functions and layout. Here, however, the power reserve (“reserve de marche”) indicator is emphasized with giant numerals and a long needle-like hand. What every Greubel Forsey Art Piece watch before this had that this one does not is a micro-sculpture viewable through a magnifying crystal. I kind of thought that was the primary distinguishing feature of the collection and the reason for its Art Piece title – rather than because it was generally avant-garde in design and allowed one to hide the time display. You can see more about other Art Piece watches in the above linked-to article, or in our hands-on article on the Art Piece 1 here.


Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 Watch Watch Releases


Let us not overlook the 30-degree-angled double tourbillon. Not every Greubel Forsey watch must have one, but the brand has made the tourbillon their signature with some incredibly complicated pieces. The tilted double tourbillon was introduced in 2005 as the brand’s “first invention,” and it has featured in a number of pieces since, such as the Quadruple Tourbillon (two double tourbillons) watches like one we went hands-on with here. The outer tourbillon makes a single rotation each four minutes, and the inner tourbillon rotates each minute. If a tourbillon’s main function is looking cool, then we can say it succeeds.


Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 Watch Watch Releases



Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 Watch Watch Releases


The view through the caseback’s sapphire crystal exhibition window reveals the tourbillon, frosted bridges, and hand finishing that Greubel Forsey has trained us to expected to be among the very best out there. There, you will also find the founders’ signatures “in relief by galvanic growth.” The hand-wound movement operates at 3Hz with two barrels powering the 72-hour power reserve and contains 412 parts, 130 of which comprise the tourbillon cages. All this is housed in a 30m-water-resistant, 44mm-wide, 16.18mm-thick white gold case and strapped to the wrist by a hand-sewn alligator strap.


Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 Watch Watch Releases


The bold, blue styling is fun and, dare we say, a little sporty. The dial’s excessive decorative French text with high-minded sentiments expressing the watchmaking ideals of the brand is something that can be found variously on other Greubel Forsey watches as well. If it’s too much for you, maybe check out Rolex for more restrained dial text. The Art Piece 2 Edition 1 was around $600,000, so without the inclusion of the “nano-sculpture” we are expecting this Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2 Edition 2 to be a bit less, and we will update with pricing as we receive it. greubelforsey.com

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch

Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch


Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases


Gibson is a well-reputed name in the world of guitars and is known across the globe especially for their electric guitars. Though the Gibson guitar catalog provides a wide array of guitar models to choose from, one of the more sought-after collections is the Les Paul Gibson, and Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil are paying tribute to the downright iconic guitar through their Baselworld release of the Raymond Weil Chronograph Gibson Les Paul watch.


Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases


It’s unlikely that many are unfamiliar with the cultural significance of this famous guitar. Even younger readers should recognize names like Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Pete Townshend who represent just a few of those who made their music on a Gibson Les Paul. As Raymond Weil has made musically inspired watches part of their brand personality, such as we have previously seen in the Nabucco Cello Tourbillon watch and the Beatles watch, the Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul fits right in.


Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases


The black dial on the Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul watch has a three-subdial layout and some attractive design elements inspired by a Les Paul Gibson giving the watch a unique appeal. The hour track has been presented here using a circular motif which closely resembles the fretboard of a guitar with its six strings and gives the dial a sense of depth and some visual dynamism. The applied hour markers represent the frets, and the shape at the 12 o’clock position represents a guitar headstock with the Gibson brand name, followed by the Les Paul signature just below it. The chronograph functions on the Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul include a 30-minute counter at 3, a 12-hour counter at 6, and a running seconds counter at 9 o’clock. All the subdials have some fine concentric circular patterns, along with some golden highlights, mirroring the color tone of the golden border which runs across the body of certain Gibson Les Paul models.


Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases


The 43.5mm stainless steel case on this watch is an interesting mix of brushed and polished surfaces and offers a water-resistance of 100m. The right side of the case is flanked by a set of polished chronograph pushers, along with the signed screw-down crown at 3, whereas the left side of the case hosts a single pusher at 10 o’clock used to set the date. The case is topped with a steel tachymeter bezel which has a glossy black PVD coating, resembling the black lacquer finish on the body of a popular Les Paul model, the “Black Bird.”


Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases


The watch is powered by the Raymond Weil RW5010 chronograph movement which is basically a Valjoux 7753 with a customized Raymond Weil rotor. The movement beats at a frequency of 28,800bph, and offers a power reserve of 46 hours. The movement can be viewed from the sapphire crystal exhibition caseback, which is also stamped with the Gibson logo in white. Although the Gibson branding looks cool, in my opinion, it does hinder the view of movement a little and would have been better off being engraved on the case back itself making it possible to have a better view of the movement.


Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul Watch Watch Releases


The Raymond Weil Freelancer Chronograph Gibson Les Paul is a watch for rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasts who love the music the Les Paul is associated with and want to keep the spirit of the instrument alive on their wrist. The watch comes on brown calf leather strap and will be produced in a limited quantity of 300 pieces with individual serial numbers engraved on the caseback. The watch will be presented in a special presentation box inspired by the Gibson guitar case and will retail at a price of $3,195. raymond-weil.com