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
The Double Tourbillon Technique Black in titanium marks several ‘firsts’ in the creation of our timepieces, both visually and in the materials used. The novelty of this piece lies not only in the material used for the case– titanium, a light and yet resistant metal which had not been used before at Greubel Forsey – but also in the subtle and elegant treatment of the assembly.
Greubel Forsey has pushed beyond the previous limits of watchmaking, with no fewer than six major inventions, and a focus on ground-breaking inclined tourbillons. Now it’s time to reinvent the horological complication in the original sense of the term, and to show that in this area as well, watchmaking is in a perpetual state of evolution.
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.
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...
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...