Art Piece 1, an artistic co-creation by Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey with Willard Wigan. Whilst still a work in progress, Art Piece 1 will feature a nano-sculpture by Willard Wigan set into its own dedicated space within the timepiece.
Pre-selected for GPHG'14 in the category Artistic Crafts
To do full justice to the fundamental inventions validated through the Experimental Watch Technology platform, Greubel Forsey has developed creative interpretations that are supplementary to the original timepieces: these are the Invention Piece (IP).
Greubel Forsey's first invention is an innovative double tourbillon mechanism (DT30), with one tourbillon - inclined at 30° and rotating in 60 seconds - inside another rotating every four minutes, to average out gravity-induced errors on the oscillator.
The Quadruple Tourbillon Secret represents a special link between Greubel Forsey and the collector. The ultimate refinement, this timepiece evokes to the passionate enthusiast the promise of an exceptional movement in which a magical mechanical ballet plays out on a hidden stage visible only through the display back.
Launched in 2011, the ‘Garde Temps – Naissance d’une Montre’ project is now well under way and is a fundamental part of Greubel Forsey. The origin of this human and technical adventure began with a warning cry from independent watchmaker Philippe Dufour who first realised that due to the increasing industrialisation of the watch industry, knowledge of artisanal craftsmanship is disappearing. For example, the ability to correctly polish...
Willard Wigan is the first artist with whom we work. On discovering his sculptures embedded in the eye of a needle or perched on the head of a pin, we found that we share the same ‘miniaturist’ language and hope that this project is the first in a long line of co-creations. After visiting our ateliers, Willard Wigan became fully aware of what we are developing here: the Greubel Forsey ‘spirit’ and our irrational obsession for...