GMT SPORT “SINCERE FINE WATCHES SPECIAL EDITION” GREUBEL FORSEY GOES FULL ORANGE
Collectors wanted it; Greubel Forsey delivered. To highlight the sports ethos of its GMT Sport, the Chaux-de-Fonds based Atelier has developed an even livelier, edgier, and more contemporary version in a strictly limited edition for its Singapore-based partner Sincere Fine Watches.
Now, Orange is the new GMT!
What colour is sport? That may seem a surprising question, but for the majority of collectors over at Sincere Fine Watches, Greubel Forsey’s longstanding partner in Singapore, the answer is orange. It’s a rare colour, little used in watchmaking or indeed in Greubel Forsey’s usual palette – all the more reason, then, to
adopt it here. Orange is a bright, vivid colour, symbolising controlled activity, movement, agility, and audacity – all cherished values at the Atelier.
A good dose of audacity was definitely needed to clad the oceans and seas of the Earth, positioned at 7 o’clock, in a bright shade of orange. Back in 1929, poet Paul Éluard wrote that “The Earth is blue like an orange”; almost a century later, his words have come true. Greubel Forsey has woven the colour metaphor into its entire composition: on the internal bezel, the tips of the hours and minute hands, the crown, the engraving on the pushers, the hour markers, power reserve, and 2nd time zone GMT indication. Straps are presented in three options. The first in textured orange rubber with the Greubel Forsey core values engraved on the back; the second in a brand-new ultra-light titanium integrated bracelet decorated with polished, matte, and frosted finishes exuding a dressier, more sophisticated look; and finally a traditional black strap.
The movement of the Greubel Forsey GMT Sport “Sincere Fine Watches Special Edition” boasts all the rigour and technical prowess that brought the original model to life. It provides a setting for two of the Atelier’s showcase complications to express themselves to the full. The first, between 12 o’clock and 2 o’clock, is the Tourbillon 24 Secondes. In this, Greubel Forsey’s third Fundamental Invention, the cage is inclined at a 25° angle and completes a full rotation every 24 seconds, two features that give it better timekeeping performance than most traditional tourbillons – as well as providing a truly unique visual effect.
Secondly, there is the globe of the Earth, placed between 7 o’clock and 9 o’clock, embodying the three-dimensional time display championed by Greubel Forsey. This patented invention performs a complete rotation in 24 hours, allowing universaltime to be read off easily and intuitively. Seen as if from above the North Pole, a ring with 24-hour markings allows local time to be read for all longitudes, whilst also acting as a day/night indication. On the caseback side, a disc displaying city names surrounded by 2 rings allows the wearer to read Universal (UTC) and Summer Time for 24 cities in 24 major time zones. For this special edition, the Singapore name has been made bright red. This disc also distinguishes the time zones applying summer time (on a light backdrop) from those that do not (on a dark backdrop)
The new case profile has a horizontal satin finish, giving the dial a more expansive feel. The edges of the bezel are polished and replete with gentle curves and highlights. The new finish highlights the very distinctive profile of the GMT Sport’s bezel: an elliptical shape that is slightly curved at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock to fit the curves of the wrist, demonstrating the desire to provide augmented usability and underscoring the fact that this is a contemporary timepiece, designed for everyday use.
This usability extends to the GMT Sport’s new bracelet, which is not simply new for this timepiece: it is the first metal bracelet ever made by Greubel Forsey. Designed completely in-house, and specifically for this model, the titanium bracelet is integrated into the case of the GMT Sport and profiled in such a way that it seamlessly extends the oval profile of the case and bezel. It is also equipped with a wrist quick-fit system that provides the few millimetres’ difference needed to choose between a casual, loose fit, or a snug, tighter fit on the wrist.
On the dial side, the suspended arch bridge in the centre and the tourbillon bridge are openworked, making the three-dimensional time display more readable and showcasing the bright orange tone. Featuring a case band diameter of 42mm (45mm with the bezel), this expression of the GMT movement’s technicality naturally matches the intuitive way in which it is read, with central hours and minutes, second time band at 10 o’clock, power reserve at 3 o’clock, and globe at 8 o’clock. This special edition will be strictly limited to 5 pieces, with exclusive designs reserved for Sincere Group across Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.