Greubel Forsey Double Balencier, Edition Unique, White Gold

£176,500
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Here is one of 33 examples of the Greubel Forsey Double Balancier à Différential Constant* in a 43mm white gold case. It is a consequential watch, equipped with the brand’s full suite of innovations aimed at reducing positional errors, uneven amplitude, and power fade from the mainspring. The double balance architecture is one of eight key horological innovations the brand has pursued over its history as an independent maker. It is as technically impressive as it is finely finished.

Chasing Precision

The matter of chronometry in mechanical watchmaking is often dismissed as a field that has already been lost to high precision quartz-based technology. However, it hasn’t stopped watchmakers from trying to best the mechanical watch’s key nemeses: shock, magnetism, gravity and constant force.

Indeed, at the high end, some watchmakers periodically return to finessing historic mechanical methods of giving a movement that fraction more accuracy. These are often complex – if, on paper at least, typically based on somewhat basic physics – expensive and come with their own problems. So why bother, for all the practical difference any one of them will make?

selling Greubel Forsey Double Balencier  White Gold preowned watch at A Collected Man London
selling Greubel Forsey Double Balencier  White Gold preowned watch at A Collected Man London
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caseback Greubel Forsey Double Balencier  White Gold preowned watch at A Collected Man London

It’s often viewed as a nod to the roots of watchmaking, its pioneers seeking precision because of their devices’ then life or death relevance to the likes of navigation or military manoeuvres.

Today while not all collectors are fascinated by precision – others may be more excited by the craft, decoration or history of watchmaking – and while ever greater precision may provide little real world benefit, it nonetheless remains a benchmark in the advance of mechanical watchmaking. And, with the deployment of new materials and manufacturing technologies, such advances will only keep coming.