Earlier this year WatchPro unveiled its Watches of the Year 2012 – the 10 winning timepieces and 90 highly commended watches that we felt boasted commercial appeal, innovation and had wowed consumers and retailers alike over the past 12 months.
Now we are showcasing a watch a day that made the cut in 2012 and today celebrate one of our Highly Commended timepieces, a design by Greubel Forsey that was created to showcase the movement and tourbillon in 3D.
Highly Commended Innovative Watch of the Year – Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain
Though the Contemporain is a limited-edition version of Greubel Forsey’s Tourbillon 24 Secondes, the watchmakers’ third invention takes the tourbillon as its focus.
Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey, the duo behind this platinum and titanium creation, strive to create horological architecture. This 43.5mm watch offers just that: a 3D view of the movement and tourbillon, giving the impression of the regulator floating in mid air.
The watch’s tourbillon cage is inclined at 25° which minimises negative effects of gravity on the oscillator, particularly when stable or still. The Contemporain’s movement comprises 267 components, 88 for the tourbillon cage alone, and is powered by two Co-Axial mainspring barrels in series that provide a power reserve of 72 hours.
The tourbillon bridge has been crafted in transparent synthetic sapphire while its bright blue colour makes it truly unmissable.