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Greubel Forsey GMT Sport – in a sports league of its own

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PRESS RELEASE: 5 December, 2019

Water resistant to 100 meters, the new GMT Sport stands out as Greubel Forsey’s most sport oriented timepiece to date.

Greubel Forsey watches are extremely technical, but a good balance is maintained with impeccable aesthetics at all times. Pieces leaving the La Chaux-de-Fonds workshop bear remarkably similar genes and they are recognizable from a distance. Usually mechanical watch lovers do not really associate the brand name with sporty watches. There are some more edgy pieces – like the GMT Black from 2015 – but the brainchilds of Stephen Forsey and Robert Greubel are mostly on the elegant side.

With the latest release the company showcases a new face, the GMT Sport – the most sport oriented timepiece to date of the haute horlogerie brand. The watch has a 45mm lightweight and ultra-strong, profiled titanium case with ovoid bezel and integrated lugs to showcase the new movement and it is water-resistant to 100 meters.

Greubel Forsey has a special talent for conveying the excitement and the beauty of asymmetry to the audience. The well-balanced asymmetry of the form stirs up emotions and fuels curiosity to discover all arches, joints and the secrets it hides. Here the movement has basically the same functions as the initial GMT watch, but it was re-constructed from scratch; from the suspended arched bridge for the hours and minutes display, to the unique showcase of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes. You can see it at 1 o’clock, the rotating tourbillon cage housing the regulating organ has 88 components, for a weight of 0.38 grams – a feat made possible by light alloy pillars and titanium bridges.

It also features Greubel Forsey’s signature GMT mechanism, the universal time display with a rotating three dimensional globe (the second time zone indication on the auxiliary dial between 10 and 11 o’clock is combined with a universal time display). On the back of the watch you will find a world-time disc displaying the time in 24 time zones – each represented by a city engraved on a sapphire disc. The layout of the time zones is similar on the other GMT models of the brand, here it occupies a bigger space.

The 72-hour chronometric power reserve is indicated on a sector at 3 o’clock with its openworked hand and highlighted red triangle arrow.

Created in a limited edition of 11 pieces, the GMT Sport with the key Greubel Forsey values in relief on the bezel comes with a black or blue rubber strap.

UPDATE – Watches and Wonders 2021

For the Watches & Wonders 2021 Greubel Forsey launched their first ever metal bracelet. The GMT Sport received a metal strap – fully integrated into the case and profiled to seamlessly follow the elliptical shape of its case and bezel. Faithful to its tradition, Greubel Forsey has devoted particular attention to finishing with three distinct styles distributed over both the lateral and central links: straight graining, frosting and hand-polished bevelling.

Frosting was chosen to echo the finish of the lugs, underlining the aesthetic continuity between the case and bracelet. The latter, made of Grade 5 titanium, is lightweight, robust and very strong. It features a fine adjustment system, providing the valuable millimetres of play to allow the wearer to choose between a loose and casual or a snug, wrist-hugging fit. 

Source: press release. Photo credits: Greubel Forsey. Loupiosity.com
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