Greubel Forsey is one of the top horology houses in the world right now. There is a reason their watches fetch $600K. So its not surprising, that they are one of the few companies in the world capable of handmaking a watch.
Now this watch has 95% handmade components, everything minus the sapphire crystal, the gaskets, the spring bars, the jewels and the mainspring. Now in this day and age this is huge.
Its a fairly good looking watch and is also a pretty decent size at 43.5mm.
So lets go over the good stuff
1. Handmade watch – or as close as you can get these days. Truly something unique
2. It actually looks good.
3. Its a handmade tourbullion, yes there are a lot of handmade watches out there, but as far as I’m aware, this is the only one of its kind
4. Its extremely rare, 1 of 1…from the top watchmaking house, if you care about unique pieces, this is it
5. Doing things manually required a lot more man hours. Just the Tourbullion cage alone, took 35 times longer than usual.
The bad stuff:
1. Its a lot less handmade than they make it out to be. Look at the photos above, those sure look like power tools to me.
2. The price, there is no official announcement, but apparently the price is $600,000-800,000 …pretty massive chunk of change
3. Reliability – tourboullions aren’t the most reliable movements in the world, and a hand made one most likely will require just a bit more maintenance.
4. Its already sold. Yup, someone pulled the trigger, so this watch announcement was more about bragging rights
5. The finish is pretty bad, I mean take a look at the back, look at the movement, have you ever seen a finishing that bad?
Overall I can definitely respect the attempt, but this is just another viral marketing attempt disguised as a vanity project