Reference# Balancier Steel Blue
  • Details
  • Description
  • Limited Edition: 11 pieces
  • Case: stainless steel
  • Size: 43.5mm
  • Movement: hand-wound manufacture movement GF09
  • Function: power reserve
  • Power Reserve: approximately 72 hours
  • Water Resistance: 30m
  • Dial: frosted nickel silver main plate with blue rings for the hours and minutes
  • Caseback: polished gold plate, engraved
  • Hands: blued steel
  • Strap/Bracelet: hand-sewn alligator
  • Factory Warranty: three years

The Balancier perfectly embodies Greubel Forsey’s fundamental principles. It is a timepiece that crystalizes all the brand’s unique qualities with remarkable understatement.

Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have been pushing the limits of fine watchmaking for many years now, tackling the challenges of complexity every day. And yet, after the Double Tourbillon 30°, the Quadruple Tourbillon, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes and many other bold complications like the Grande Sonnerie, the Balancier was self-evident. Greubel Forsey was bound one day to create a timepiece of great purity, featuring a unique and original balance wheel.

Their creativity is immediately evident in the asymmetry of its case, which has almost become a constant of Greubel Forsey’s universe. Every detail of the Balancier carries the unmistakable stamp of a true Greubel Forsey timepiece – the watchmaking maison’s values are manifest in the refinement and purity of its lines and dial, the inventive architecture of its balance wheel, the sharp profile of its hands, and the engraving on the reverse of the timepiece.

The watchmakers’ inventiveness is strongly in evidence in the new balance wheel. It was entirely developed and made at the atelier, with its six gold mean-time screws, and it boasts remarkable aerodynamic qualities. The technical nature of this balance wheel generates exceptional regulating power, a mark of great chronometric stability.

Outstanding workmanship is very dear to Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey, and it shines through in the wholly hand-executed barrel-polishing, beveling and finishing of the balance wheel bridge. Such operations require prodigious expertise and know-how, particularly for the hand decoration of all the parts. The hand-countersunk and polished centers of the flame-blued steel hands offer another example of mastery in the craft, while the engraved gold plates on the back of the timepiece are also a pure masterpiece of hand-finishing skills.

The Balancier is available in a limited edition of 11 pieces in its stainless steel version.

See the Greubel Forsey Balancier at the Cellini boutique at 430 Park Avenue, NYC