Spoiler alert, this is not an affordable watch. What this Greubel Forsey lacks in accessibility, it makes up for in pure theatrics and craft. Meet the all-new Architecture, a watch that dials up the drama in full view from every angle thanks to the stunning movement that seamlessly blends with the dial, and plenty of sapphire windows through which to observe it. The Architecture features a unique 24-second tourbillon set at a 25° incline, a move we’ve seen before from Greubel Forsey, and while it’s no less impressive here, it is placed within a movement that introduces a new design language for the brand.
Let’s be clear, this is not a skeletonized or open worked dial. You’re peering into the bowels of the movement here, providing a 3 dimensional experience from which a set of hands blossom from a tall tripod bridge. Titanium bridges are beautifully finished archways that suspend the workings of the movement, and each of those components feels bespoke to the watch, because they are. The resulting display is cavernous, with layers of detail to discover and enjoy under a loupe. And believe me, this is a movement that stands up remarkably well under a loupe, which is pretty much required to fully appreciate the work that’s gone into every surface, countersink, and angle of the movement.