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A $1.28 Million New Watch Made from Just One Piece of Transparent Sapphire


06/18/2016




A $1.28 Million New Watch Made from Just One Piece of Transparent Sapphire
Transparency is no more the buzzword and the most desired attribute in politics only. The word has become a genuine trend in the world of luxury watches for a few years now.
 
For example, in what is described as the first time that the metal sapphire had been cut on such a scale, Hublot introduced its Big Bang Unico Sapphire timepiece that had been cut straight from the sapphire earlier this year.
 
And now comes the Double Tourbillon 30° Technique from the stable of Greubel Forsey which is the maker of what are described and appreciated as some of the most super complicated timepieces in the world.
 
While the company has been making this watch from quite some time now, the timepiece has made the headlines this time among luxury watch lovers because this very complicated time piece now comes in an all-sapphire case.
 
The watch has been christened the “pinnacle of transparency” by Greubel Forsey and it one look at it and it becomes very obvious why this name has been given to it. Except for the winding pin, the entire dial and case has been made without the use of any metal.  Hence this transparent case as well as the transparent dial allows the users to get a panoptic view of as much of the movement architecture inside the watch and its dynamic interactions as possible. One can literally see the entire watch functioning and ticking from the outside.
 
The entire movement of the watch is flooded with light within its 38.4mm case which has been cut from a single large sapphire crystal, including the rounded, multi-angular case horns. This illuminated inside allows for a view into its multi-tiered design from all angles. In this watch sapphire has been used at many places including the crown and hence it is being described as a more complicated watch than the Hublot.
 
The prowess of the actual 396-part movement of the watch is now on full display even though this is not the first time that the movement is being used. The patented tourbillon movement was first unveiled in platinum earlier. Two tourbillon escapements are packed one inside the other in the hand-wound caliber which has a 120-hour power reserve.
 
The watch also showcases the two tourbillons that rotate at different speeds. While an inner tourbillion rotates every 60 seconds, an outer tourbillon rotates every four minutes.
 
A never-before-seen 915 out of a possible 1,000 points at the International Chronometry Competition has been achieved by the watch thanks to all of the features mentioned above.  The watch is priced at $1.275 million and is at the moment available exclusively for the U.S. market with an edition of eight pieces that are to be individually created by hand over the course of the next three years.
 
(Source:www.bloomberg.com) 






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