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The Secret Behind the Greubel Forsey Balanciers

To own a rare, luxury watch is a treat to any serious watch collector. Hodinkee.com discovered the Greubel Forsey Balanciers, a watch that was never supposed to be made. Read on.

People become obsessed with possessing the most unique items for their collections. If you love timepieces, you may want to add the Greubel Forsey Balanciers wrist watch to your collection.

Hodinkee.com stumbled on the Greubel Forsey Balanciers Experimental watch that was never to be shared with the world. Here’s the lowdown according the excellent watch blog.

London-based Marcus managed to keep Greubel Forsey from reclaiming this one of a kind timepiece after they charmed them into making a single prototype for the store.

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What fascinated Marcus buyers was the watch’s paradoxical movement, which does not involve the company’s signature prize-winning tourbillions.

About Greubel Forsey

Since their founding in 2004, Greubel Forsey has received 11 awards for their tourbillion watches.

The tourbillion, an anti-gravity device found in many of the world’s most expensive watches, keeps the internal mechanism of a watch in motion. It is often made of precious metal and displayed through a transparency in the watch dial.

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What Makes It Tick

This timepiece, developed in the Greubel Forsey Experimental Watch Technology center at the request of the Marcus buyers, uses two escapements to keep time. The movements can be seen through a transparent window on the left side of the watch dial.

Each escapement displays each second, accompanied by a third seconds display that averages the seconds of the two escapements.

The very uniqueness of this timepiece is the fact that it is one of the few, if not the only, watch the company has made without their famed tourbillion movement.

Encased in white gold, Marcus Watches of London has this timepiece, which Greubel Forsey verified they will not be duplicating. This unique watch has an MSRP of $528,300.

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The Quadruple Tourbillion Secret

Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey partnered to form Greubel Forsey in order to make some of the world’s most precise timepieces.

In 2011, they won the International Chronometry Competition awarded by Le Locle Museum of Horology for using multiple tourbillions and inclined balance wheels.

The most recent timepiece, the 2012 Quadruple Tourbillion Secret, utilizes two double tourbillions for a total of four tourbillions. These tourbillions create four spinning cages that distribute torque to two other wheels that spin at different speeds.

A transparent back on the watch allows the owner to see the movements of the watch, which are inter-connected and joined by a spherical differential.

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More Greubel Forsey Experimental Watches

Currently in development at the company’s Experimental Watch Technology laboratory are the “Binomial” and the “Différentiel d’Egalité.”

The Binomial has a balance and spring wheel that are built of isochronically stable elements.

The equal differential device uses spherical differential to provide constant force to the tourbillions. This is an improvement over relying on a main spring which delivers more or less force depending on the tension in the spring.

Auction houses, famous watchmakers and jewelers specialize in high end timepieces. For people on a budget, estate sales, eBay and flea markets are great places to find beautiful and unusual watches.

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