Watchmaking awards season is upon us. The fifteenth edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève Awards – aka the watchmaking Oscars – took place on October 29, with top honours going to the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision.
Greubel Forsey is not a name that comes up often in conversation, but the brand’s mega tourbillons are some of the most coveted watches around. They’re also some of the rarest – the company is only 10 years old and has fewer than a thousand pieces in global circulation.
The Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision is slightly toned down, and slightly less expensive (emphasis on slightly) than Greubel Forsey’s usual over the top creations. The dial is largely closed, with a 14 mm tourbillon aperture at 9 o’clock. Hour markers are engraved into the dial itself, then oven-fire enamelled.
Flip it over and you’ll see the 72-hour power reserve and a gorgeous glass dome that somehow doesn’t interfere with wearability. The complete package is smaller and thinner than any other Greubel, and distinguished by an elegant, neoclassical simplicity that makes it a surprisingly wearable addition to the Greubel Forsey family.