Luxury watchmaker Greubel Forsey has created an elegant new timepiece encased entirely in sapphire crystal. The new Double Balancier Sapphire exclusively for their North American market and only a very exclusive club of 11 owners will be able to call it their own.
The Double Balancier Sapphire displays hours and minutes, small seconds, 4-minutes spherical on a constant differential rotation, and a 72-hour power reserve. The three-dimensional, water resistant case is crafted entirely from a block of sapphire. The sapphire case takes over 900 hours of machining to produce. There are 50 olived-domed jewels in gold chatons. Glossy gold and blue colors and a flat black polish cover the watch’s dial.
“These unique editions represent some of the most desirable work the brand has done,” says Steven Rostovsky, president of TimeArt Distribution, the North American distributor of Greubel Forsey. “These watches are a unique collaboration,” continues Rostovsky. “We provide some input on what our collectors want and they develop the drawings and refine the product in Switzerland. The pieces are very specifically designed for North American tastes, and we are already developing product for 2019 that’s totally different from what we’ve done before.”
The intricate design and mechanics behind the Double Balancier Sapphire is accredited to the founders of the brand, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey. Their execution and finishing is absolutely astounding.
The new release is going to be priced at $695,000 once it starts landing in authorised retailers.