A tourbillon megawatch made almost entirely with just hand-controlled tools.
First things first, the Greubel Forsey Hand Made 1 is a brand new watch inside and outside, so we’re not talking the non-CNC production of an existing movement or design. With this out of the way, let’s just imagine how much work, effort, and adventurous spirit went into the project. The brand even has some impressive numbers to tell: 6000 hours of work per timepiece, or about three year in man-hours. In total, 95% of the 43.5 mm white gold case and movement parts are handmade. Exceptions include the sapphire crystals, the case gaskets, the spring-bars, the jewels, and the mainspring. Needless to say, there’s also tons of hand finishing involved, so the lucky owner can expect an unforgettable journey behind the loupe.
The Greubel Forsey Hand Made 1 is powered by the manually wound tourbillon movement with central hours and minutes as well as the off-centered small seconds. In case of the tourbillon, the number of components had to be increased to allow each part to be made by hand. You know, with the CNC machines it’s 35 times faster, but that’s the whole point of the watch. The brand plans to produce 2-3 pieces annually, and we’d bet getting one won’t be an easy ride, both in terms of the price (currently undisclosed, but with Greubel Forsey the numbers are usually astronomical) and rarity.
Oct. 15, 2019