Art Piece 1, a co-creation by Greubel Forsey in collaboration with the artist Willard Wigan, features a micro-sculpture housed in its own space within the timepiece. This work contains a reduced optical system embedded in the bezel allowing one to appreciate the micro-sculpture.
Initially, Willard Wigan thought that high-end watchmaking belonged to another universe, far too removed from his artistic field. However, upon visiting the Greubel Forsey Atelier, he was able to immerse himself in the philosophy and spirit that inhabits the place. Greubel Forsey's means of expression, the pursuit of excellence and perfection, resonated with his own artistic sensitivity.
Greubel Forsey and Willard Wigan entered each other's world. Their shared desire to surpass limits and explore new horizons led to the creation of this work of art, uniting their know-how and respective skills. Both rise to the technical and artistic challenges such a project involves.
Greubel Forsey has created a timepiece with an integrated miniature microscope. Despite its size, this optical‐grade instrument offers 23‐fold magnification –a significant technical challenge in itself. The only way to appreciate Willard Wigan’s sculpture will be with the eye close to the miniature lens.
Inside a cage which rotates in four minutes, the interior cage containing the balance and spring assembly is inclined at an angle of 30˚ relative to the first cage and completes a revolution in sixty seconds. The combination of the 30˚ inclination with the different rotational speeds of the two tourbillons improves timekeeping by averaging out positional errors due to gravity in all usual wristwatch positions and especially in stable positions.
Art Piece 1
A timepiece is capable of embodying the quintessence of an idea and appearing first and foremost as a means of artistic expression. The Art of Invention: this expression testifies to a forward-looking philosophy that has long been a driving force for Greubel Forsey, both in the field of scientific research as applied to fine watchmaking, and in that of aesthetic innovation. This art of invention is particularly present when it comes to the stunning Art Piece line.
- Case material White gold
- Limitation 22 pieces (2013-2021)
- Chronometric power reserve 72 hours
- Case diameter 44 mm
- Water resistance 3 ATM - 30 m - 100 ft
- Number of parts 445
- Frequency 21,600 vibrations/hour
- Height (incl. crystal) 16.78 mm
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