Robert Greubel & Stephen Forsey have been working together for nearly twenty years; yet they only established Greubel Forsey in 2004. You only need to look at their fine creations to see they are both fanatical about high horology. All their timepieces have a distinctive style & the attention to detail is unbelievable. For this reason they’re exceptionally expensive & very elusive watches. Fortunately through contact with the owners I was given the opportunity to wear this exquisite timepiece.
On first inspection it’s noticeable that the DTT is a pretty large watch. Measuring 47.50mm x 16.84mm it’s certainly not the largest watch on the market but it definitely asserts it’s authority. Its majestic appearance makes it a truly formidable timepiece. The lustre of the red gold case exudes luxury & has really distinctive appearance. Personally I felt it very comfortable & lightweight to wear. My wrists are a modest 7” and I found it sat very easily without protrusion from the lugs. I suspect that’s down to the intuitive design. Ultimately a timepiece of this caliber wouldn’t be worn on a daily basis & I’d imagine would be reserved for very special occasions.
My first impression is that there is an incredible amount of detail to digest. This seems to be a pivotal theme of Greubel Forsey watches & is integral to their bold designs. The DTT is basically a beautiful watch & despite the complexity of the layout is pretty legible to read. The dial offers an amazing three-dimensional view of the mechanical movement. I love the skeletonized face comprising multiple layers creating the appearance of depth. The Double Tourbillon occupies center stage in its entire splendor showcasing the immense talents of the designers. Central hands operate the hours/minutes with discs displaying seconds & power reserve indicator.
Mechanically this piece is a true marvel with a (patented) 43 Jewel manual wound movement comprising 385 parts & delivering a staggering 120-hour power reserve. Incredibly the DTT features two tourbillons, one rotating inside the other. The outer tourbillon operates at 1 rotation in 4 minutes while the inner tourbillon operates at 1 rotation every 60 seconds. With every part handcrafted to the highest level in Chaux-de-Fonds this is truly a remarkable timepiece.
As well as red gold, this watch is available in platinum, white gold & black titanium. The strap is hand-sewn black, brown, dark blue, grey or burgundy alligator leather with gold (platinum or black titanium) folding clasp, engraved with the Greubel Forsey logo. Price – $556,000 (Available to purchase at J Farren Price: http://www.jfarrenprice.com.au/)