Masters Of Time
Artistic Discipline – Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2- Edition 2
Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have long espoused ‘The Art of Invention’ as their driving force towards their forward-looking philosophy in watchmaking. As such, the Art Piece 2, is yet another masterclass from the Maison. This ‘art of invention’ is particularly present when it comes to the stunning Art Piece series. The Art Piece 2 – Edition 2 challenges the boundaries of creativity even further. As is with most Greubel Forsey timepieces, the Art Piece 2 is a testimony to the watchmaker’s unique artistic expression philosophy. Displaying elements of the brand’s history, the timepiece houses an optical instrument that allows the viewer to see a nano-engraved sketch of the Double Tourbillon 30º mechanism, Greubel Forsey’s first invention. The Double Tourbil-lon 30° appears to be a moving sculpture. Here, the indication of time is secondary: a push-piece that controls a bi-stable mechanism needs to be activated in order to obtain an indication of the hours and minutes. The power reserve takes precedence over all other information with the aim of altering the relationship with temporality: it is not the current time that we contemplate, but the time remaining. This subtle metaphysical shift is naturally reminiscent of memento mori. This timepiece, signed by Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey themselves, will be realised in a limited edition of only a few pieces per year.
Oceanic Inspiration – MB&F HM 7 Aquapod
Ignited Complication – Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia
Visionary Refinement – Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2
Defying Conventions – URWERK UR-T8
When it comes to challenging the ordinary, few can achieve what UWERK can accomplish. This is not just a wristwatch but a unique one at that. Also, this timepiece is one stunning way to celebrate the marque’s 20-year-old birthday. This curious-looking timepiece is an emblem of quirkiness yet a solid reminder of UWERK’s skill at bedazzling the senses. It is URWERK’s first transformable watch which requires a series of precise actions to unlock the case from its cradle, to have it flipped over and return with a neat click. This UR-T8 is the biggest and most expressive carousel layout by the independent watchmaker that makes it a complex timepiece. Working on a self-winding system, it also houses a complex planetary gearing that moves a set of wheels, screws and jewel bearings into a fluid working movement. This timepiece ultimately represents 20 years of UWERK’s method of defying convention in time indication as well as mechanical elegance. Or as Felix Baumgartner told some journalists recently, “Our UR-T8 is a milestone in the story of URWERK. Our first 20 years were dominated by the wandering hour; the rest of the story has yet to be written for there are so many areas we have still to explore. It’s now the time to turn a page and we want to do it with style,” The UR-T8 is available in a series of 60 pieces in natural titanium or black PVD coating.
Sophistication Reigns – Jaeger LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time
As far as Swiss watchmaking goes, Jaeger-LeCoultre are no push-overs and this time around, the watch maison has decided to flaunt its expertise by crafting a 100-piece flying tourbillon special. This is a timepiece made specifically for those who love fine watchmaking. This is the first timepiece to feature a world-timer and a flying tourbillon in one handsome movement. The case is forged from solid platinum and works out a 43.5mm diameter size and 11.24mm in height. A flattened depiction of the world map is laid out in a familiar blue lacquered guilloche. The outer ring features 24 cities while the secondary ring outside depicts the 24-hour indication. The stunning flying tourbillon is positioned in the bottom-right quadrant of the dial. Running on the caliber 948 automatic movement, it also has a beautiful 22-carat pink gold winding rotor along with a steady 48-hour power reserve. 42 out of the total 375 components are jewels but the most outstanding component is the Gyrolab balance. A special Jaeger-LeCoultre technology that took over eight years to develop and produce, it is used exclusively in the Geophysic collection and is famous for its rounded h-shape and its high efficiency level of performance to cap off another Jaeger-LeCoultre masterpiece.