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Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Platinum Watch Review

Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Platinum
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High above the ranks of the finest watchmakers lie Greubel Forsey, a brand known for their extremely precise, highly complex, and very technical timepieces. Their collections demand respect from all of the horology industry, and with the spectacaular pieces they have made through the years, they have earned more than just respect, but admiration and impeccable image.

Hence, it was a bit of a stretch for followers of the brand to wrap their mind around the idea of Greubel Forsey making a “low-end” watch with simple features. But when the Signature 1 Platinum Watch came out, it exceeded expectations, just like every timepiece the brand releases.

Release Date & Price

Release date: 2016
Price: $300,000.00

The Signature 1 was the brand’s way of meeting the wishes of the brand-lovers to finally get their hands on a Greubel Forsey without shelling out more than 500 grand. It was a refreshing change for the brand, especially with features that differ from the usual complicated pieces, but still very much a Greubel Forsey original.

Specifications

  • Case: Platinum 950 or steel with convex synthetic sapphire crystal
  • Case back: Transparent back with asymmetrical convex synthetic sapphire crystal
  • Dial: Black-anthracite gold dial, white hour-ring and minute-circle, polished bevel
  • Movement dimensions: Diameter : 34.40 mm; thickness : 7.40 mm
  • Movement parts: 190 parts
  • Power Reserve: 54 hours
  • Displays: Hours, minutes, and small seconds
  • Strap: Hand-sewn alligator

Pros

One of the main selling point of this watch is its price—it’s just too irresistible to purchase a Greubel Forsey  watch for less. While obviously simpler than the other watches from the brand, Greubel Forsey isn’t one to skip on magnificence in making the the 3-hander and no-complication timepiece. The finishing on the Signature 1 Platinum is superb, making the details shine and highlighting the perfect execution of the watchmaking process.

As an essential watch, the Greubel Forsey Signature 1 does not have any added complication, rather, just a traditional watch that only shows time. While it also doesn’t carry any tourbillon, which is usually showcased in the brand’s pieces, the Signature 1 Platinum has a beautiful traditional balance that can be viewed through the open design of the balance wheel. As you look into the insides of the piece, you simply wouldn’t miss admiring the counter sinks polished to perfection, as well as the bevels and the inclined facets.

Cons

Some viewed the Signature 1 as a total contradiction of the image that Greubel Forsey has built for itself over the years. Simplicity just doesn’t easily go with owning a Greubel Forsey timepiece. The design and features feel like a compromise in order to accommodate the price, while there are a lot of competition offering the same features at a much cheaper price point.

Compare With

Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Platinum 6
Source: Monochrome-watches
Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Platinum 5
Source: Quill & Pad
Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Platinum 4
Source: Loupiosity

Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Platinum 3 Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Platinum 1 Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Platinum 2Image credits: A Blog to Watch (featured & article images), Monochrome-watches, Quill & Pad, Loupiosity (article images)

Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Platinum
Greubel Forsey Signature 1 Platinum Watch Review
Conclusion
The Signature 1 Platinum proves that Greubel Forsey can step into a whole realm of watchmaking, far from what it’s used to. While a lot of features that fans love has been taken away from this particular timepiece, the impeccable quality and signature attention to detail of the label still remain. Greubel Forsey fans could easily deem this piece a steal for its price, but for others, better timepieces can be found with 300 grand.
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