There are watch retailers, there are watch boutiques, and then there are the giants; one of them is Marcus Watches. Located in London it has some of the most amazing and rare (new and old) mechanical watches. The place is also famous for creating many limited editions and piece uniques, all in the favourite colours of Marcus (black and red). This time we took a look at the coolest one of those editions – the amazing Greubel Forsey set of 10 unique and completely blacked-out watches!
Let’s start by pointing out that each watch exists on its own, and if you want to buy a regular version of it you can do so separately. However, if you want one of these DLC Platinum babies you’ll need to buy the entire set worth somewhere around 8 million dollars. Yep, that’s a pretty big investment, and you will probably be a hardcore Greubel Forsey fan or(and) a billionaire to get this set. But to be honest with you it’s a pretty good deal you’d be getting, keeping in mind that all of the models are made of platinum and are only limited to 1 piece each.
Now getting up close and personal with the pieces I can tell you this will be a pretty long post, as I will try to go deep on each of them. Starting with the GMT – my personal favourite. Usually when a watch name says ‘GMT’ it means a second time zone, and Greubel Forsey really decided to be modest when they chose the name here. Let’s just say there is a 3D rotating globe at 7 o’clock, which tells you universal world time… that’s far beyond a GMT in my opinion :) Apart from the main time at 12 o’clock there is of course a second time zone (at 10) and a seconds indicator (at 2). The power reserve is shown at 3 o’clock, and the watch can go without winding for 72 hours. Backside is also very interesting – it features a wheel of all time zones (24 hours and cities display).
Next up is the magical Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain. Magical because the tourbillon cage is almost non-existent. It is made of sapphire crystal and really creates an illusion of transparency. Apart from that the blue colour really adds onto the overall unusual look of the watch. And just like the GMT it also has a 72 hour power reserve indicator (at 4 o’clock).
And if you like tourbillons you’re really going to love this one – the Quadruple Tourbillon Invention Piece 2. That’s right – 4 tourbillons (2 cages each equipped with a pair of tourbies). Each cage has one tourbillon that makes a full rotation in 1 minute and one tourbillon that makes a rotation in 4 minutes. With almost 600 parts to this 43.5 mm wide watch it really shows how crazy horology can get these days! The time is displayed in a subdial at 5 o’clock, with an outer hour hand and a minute disk. As for the seconds they are located just next to the 56 hour power reserve at 10 o’clock.
Speaking of Invention Pieces – here is the Number 1. A 30 degrees inclined tourbillon right in the middle of the dial, and hours/minutes displayed with 4 rotating hands (when one reaches the end the other begins, kind of like a moon phase indicator). 72 hour power reserve and the seconds dial are both located above the main dial.
For the fifth piece take a look at this (other) quadruple tourbillon… Also two cages, each carrying a pair of inclined tourbillons, this time connected with a differential, which takes out the mean beat rate to make the time most accurate. The price tag for a regular version of this watch is somewhere around 1 million $, and it’s an extremely complex movement and timepiece. If you thought games like Skyrim take 70 hours to complete and that’s long how about 500 hours of polishing the movement for this quadruple tourbillon? :) Besides the 4 beasts it also shows time (!) hours and minutes in the main dial, and seconds along with the power reserve at 1 o’clock. Might I add this colour/material scheme is the best one I’ve seen yet.
And for the ones who want to keep their tourbillons all to themselves – there is a super conservative (compared to other models) secret double tourbillon. There are 2 tourbillon movements in the watch but only you (and other GF lovers) would know about them.
Next up is the Technique. The Double Tourbillon Technique blacked-out for Marcus. Carrying 2 tourbillons in one cage, beating at their own pace, there is also a super long 120 power reserve (indicator at 3 o’clock) and an engraved barrel at 11 o’clock. I should also add that the hand showing the rotation of the outer tourbillon is made of sapphire glass (that’s super cool).
Completing the mini series of ‘Invention’ pieces within this collection is the Invention Piece 3. There are 2 interesting things about this model – one of the being the 24 hour display instead of a usual 12 hour one. Some may say it’s weird but I love that change, because as a Russian I’m used to saying 17 instead of 5PM :) The other thing is the text engraved everywhere on the dial and back of the watch. From what I could make out of it (using my great French skills) it talks about the importance of an inclined tourbillon and the movement in general.
Number 9 in out little countdown is the 30 degrees double tourbillon Vision, a watch with the most mesmerising tourbillon cage I’ve seen. As one of the earlier pieces of the brand it does not look as refined and modern but I think this old school look along with the huge tourbillon cage adds a lot of value to the piece, and it really looks great from any angle.
And finally, last but definitely not least is the 24 seconds Tourbillon. Much like the contemporain the tourbillon counts 24 seconds in just one rotation, and here has a seconds counter next to the tourbillon cage (at 6 o’clock). Apart from that, and the main time the watch has a 72 hour power reserve at 2 o’clock.
Now, that we’ve seen all of the 10 piece uniques for Marcus let’s count the tourbillons (just because) – 19 touribillons in a set of 10 watches. I’m pretty sure that sets a world record :) With that in mind I will leave you to explore other models of Greubel Forsey and other watches of Marcus on your own! Have a good day everyone!
http://www.marcuswatches.co.uk – for more info on their collection :)