Greubel Forsey replica waives his microphone on Geneva Watch Day
…And the final version of the Earth at Greenwich Mean Time, which is always shocking.
Greubel Forsey released the first GMT watch in 2011 ten years ago. In the past ten years, it has developed into the company’s iconic timepiece-after all, when you put the entire 3D globe on a watch, how could it not be? On Geneva Watch Day this morning, the La Chaux-de-Fonds watch manufacturer announced the end of its most mundane watch, the final version of the Earth in Greenwich Mean Time.
Limited to 11 pieces, the GMT Earth Final Edition has improved the design of the original watch—previously made of white gold and platinum—the case and movement plywood use a new titanium structure. In order to better set off the smooth and light characteristics of the metal, Goppelfort chose black finishes on the dial and movement (including the bottom plate and frosted bridge).
The final version of GMT Earth inherits the five main attributes that have defined the model over the past 10 years. The hours and minutes are displayed off-center, and there is a small seconds sub-dial on the sapphire disc, hidden on the side of the main display. On the left is the main GMT function; here, there is a 12-hour, hand-engraved black gold disc, covered with lacquer, offset by the bright red hands. The power reserve display is on the other side of the main timing display, above the company’s 24-second tourbillon tilted at an angle of 25 degrees.
If this is not enough for you, then the stars in the show are set between the traditional seven o’clock and nine o’clock positions on the dial-a complete three-dimensional model of the earth that rotates every 24 hours. The sapphire ring surrounding the equator is engraved with a 24-hour display function, which can be used as a day/night indicator, allowing you to immediately distinguish which hemisphere is receiving sunlight. The positioning of the globe on the watch requires an asymmetrical case profile, extending laterally from the side of the watch, and the sapphire crystal case protruding from the side the angle of the world. On the bottom cover, Greubel Forsey completes its travel time indication with a rotating disc containing the UTC codes of the world’s 24 main time zones.
I remember the first time I interviewed the founder of the brand, Greubel Forsey, a few years ago, about the evolution of Greenwich Mean Time in fake Greubel Forsey. He told me that when he founded the company with Robert Greubel in 2004, they were dismissed, claiming that everything of value had been invented in mechanical watchmaking.
Obviously, this is a challenge for watchmakers, and after creating many different innovations in the field of tourbillon watchmaking, they turned their attention to the GMT complication.
The original Greubel Forsey GMT watch is exactly this-for the past 70 years or so, traditional watchmakers have been iterating the same overall design language for travel time watches. The 3D globe on the earth provides real-time positions of day and night time around the world, can display information clearly and accurately, and provide an intuitive understanding of the natural rotation of the earth.
A few years ago, Jack was fortunate enough to wear an early Greubel Forsey GMT watch when he participated in the Basel Watch Fair. In the subsequent “A Week on the Wrist”, he stated that what he got from this experience “is not a feeling of luck in the watch lottery-but an almost philosophical peaceful experience; when I watch At the time, I didn’t see time too much, but saw a broader and more balanced perspective on how we see it.”
I think Jack hit the head there. Greubel Forsey Greenwich Mean Time has always been an amazing watch, and I believe its new titanium structure will only enhance its inherent wear resistance. But what makes this watch so special is their existence-a testament to our creativity and a monument to our natural curiosity about the world around us.
Diameter: 45.5 mm
Thickness: 16.18 mm
Case material: titanium, with titanium plate, engraved, hand-modified text, screwed on the strap
Dial color: synthetic sapphire multilayer hour ring, electroplated hour markers, engraved and lacquered minute hands and small seconds
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Rubber or hand-stitched alligator leather, titanium folding clasp, engraved with GF logo
Movement: GMT Earth
Functions: GMT, the second time zone, a rotating globe with world time and day and night, a complete global view from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere, world time in 24 time zones, summer time and winter time, city observation summer time, side windows showing the equator, GMT button, tourbillon 24 seconds, hours and minutes, small seconds, power reserve
Diameter: 36.4 mm
Thickness: 11.55 mm
Power reserve: 72 hours on the chain
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour
Observatory watch certification: N/A