Greubel Forsey Double Balancier 35° White Gold

Unveiled by Swiss luxury watch manufacture Greubel Forsey, the Double Balancier 35° is the first Double Balancier in the history of traditional Watch making. A true first in Horology, The Greubel Forsey Double Balancier 35° features two inclined fixed-oscillators.

This unique regulating system comprises two inclined oscillators and escapements. They are driven through a spherical differential, which provides the average of their rates via the gear train to the time display.

Since 1999, when Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey began their ground-breaking research into inclined oscillators, they concentrated first on the great challenges of those mounted in rotating cages and then continued at the start of the 21st Century into studying inclined fixed oscillators. The first working prototype from Greubel Forsey’s 6th fundamental invention with inclined escapement was initially a movement with two inclined oscillators, each at 20° and this was unveiled at Baselworld in 2009. This superimposed concept resulted in an exclusive six timepiece edition under the Greubel Forsey EWT label in 2011. Consequently the timepiece presented today is an evolution from this first concept. The two inclined oscillators are no longer superimposed, but are spatially disposed in different three dimensional planes.

Stemming from many years of fundamental research into the inclination of oscillators and escapements, the Double Balancier 35° offers a significant approach to improve chronometric timing performance for the wristwatch, both on and off the wrist.

A movement with two oscillators inclined in different three dimensional planes offers two notable factors in the pursuit for improved chronometric performance. Firstly the inclined oscillators act in stabilised positions to significantly reduce the possibility to be in either a horizontal (flat) or vertical position.The second is that the two inclined fixed oscillators are linked by a spherical differential that averages rating differences and ensures an optimal performance at all times whether in stabilised ( horizontal or vertical) positions or dynamically (on the wrist) .

Greubel Forsey’s fundamental research into oscillators working in inclined planes was confirmed by the precision chronometric results of the Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique which took first place in the 2011 International Chronometry Competition.

Signature Greubel Forsey skeletonised gold hands with high-legibility Super-LumiNova tips indicate the time against a polished black-oxidised gold chapter ring between the two visible inclined balances of the Double Balancier 35°, the small seconds at 7 o’clock displays the running instantaneous average of the two regulators, while a 72-hour power reserve indicator at 2 o’clock keeps track of the optimal power available from the two co-axial, fast-rotating mainspring barrels.

The 35° inclination of the inclined balances allows for larger diameter balance wheels (better inertia for more stable timekeeping) in a very comfortably-sized 43.5mm case.

The Greubel Forsey Double Balancier 35° is a one-off unique edition of just six pieces in an18k white gold case ensuring exclusivity.

As with all Greubel Forsey timepieces, the level of hand-finishing and decoration throughout the Double Balancier 35° is without compromise.

Movement components are designed with forms that bring out their beauty to maximum effect, offering myriad sublime details to be discovered and esteemed. Frosted plates, black flat polished steel and stunning hand-polished bevels with sharp internal angles (which machines cannot do as well as a highly experienced hand) bring unparalleled vivacity. Large jewels set in polished gold chatons, and mirror-polished screws provide evidence of the extremely high quality that pervades every aspect of this timepiece.

The complete manual winding movement comprises 365 components, 28 of which make up the spherical differential. It is powered by two concentric fast-rotating mainspring barrels that provide optimal power for72 hours. The two oscillators feature variable inertia balance wheels, Phillips terminal curves and beat at 3Hz/21,600 APH.Plates and bridges are in nickel silver, frosted and spotted, with polished bevelling and countersinks, straight-grained flanks and anthracite treatment (NAC).

The case is available in 18k white gold, measures 43.5 mm in diameter by 14.35 mm high and features synthetic sapphire crystals on the dial side and for the display back. Three-dimensional, variable geometry shaped lugs, screwed fixing, raised polished engraving “Double Balancier 35°” on a hand-punched background, gold security screws, two engraved hand-finished white gold plates screwed to the case and and a hand-engraved individual number. The black alligator strap is hand stitched with a white gold folding clasp.

Technical details
Model: Double Balancier 35° ( Unique edition – 6 pieces in white gold)

Movement
Calibre GF04s2
Mechanical hand-wound movement with patented double balance wheel

Movement dimensions
• Diameter: 36.40 mm
• Thickness: 8.60 mm

Number of parts
• Complete movement: 365 parts
• Spherical differential: 28 parts

Number of jewels
• 53
• Olived-domed jewels in gold chatons

Power reserve
• 72 hours

Barrels
• Two coaxial series-coupled fast rotating barrels (1 turn in 3.2 hours), one of which is equipped with a slipping spring to avoid excess tension

Balance wheel
• Free sprung variable-inertia balance with gold mean-time screws (10 mm diameter)

Frequency
• 21’600 vibrations/hour

Balance spring
• Phillips terminal curve
• Geneva-style stud

Main plates
• Nickel silver, frosted and spotted, with polished bevelling and countersinks, straight-grained fl anks, anthracite treatment (NAC)
• Three engraved gold plates (2x with the individual number and 1x with the text “execution unique”)

Bridges
• Nickel silver, frosted, spotted with polished bevelling and countersinks, straight grained flanks, anthracite (NAC) or nickel-palladium treatment

Escapement supports
• Inclined at a 35° angle
• Flat black polished stainless steel balance wheel bridges, hand polished countersinks, hand-bevelled, straight grained flanks
• Escapement chassis and lever bridges in titanium, spotted, hand polished countersinks, hand-bevelled, straight grained flanks
• Polished stainless steel pillars

Gearing
• Involute circle profi le
• Conical gear with profi led teeth

Displays
• Hour and minute
• Small second on a sector
• 72-hour power reserve on a sector

Case
• In 18 k white gold with convex synthetic sapphire crystal
• Transparent back with synthetic sapphire crystal
• Three-dimensional, variable geometry shaped lugs, screwed fi xing
• Raised polished engraving “Double Balancier 35°” on a hand-punched background
• Gold security screws
• Two white gold plates, engraved, hand finished with texts, screwed to the caseband
• Hand-engraved individual number
• Unique edition of 6 pieces in white gold
•Case dimensions: Diameter: 43.50 mm & Thickness: 14.34 mm
•Water-resistant to 3 atm – 30 m – 100 ft (standard NIHS 92-20/SN ISO 22810:2010)
•Crown in white gold with engraved and black lacquered GF logo

Dial
• Gold sight ring, black oxidised
• Gold power-reserve indicators
• Gold small second indicators
• Applied gold Greubel Forsey logo

Hands
• Hour and minute in polished gold, with Super-LumiNova
• Small second and power-reserve in blued steel

Strap and clasp
• Hand-sewn black alligator
• 18 k white gold folding clasp, handengraved with the Greubel Forsey logo

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