The week that was featured an abundance of new watch releases that more than satisfied my pent up horological needs. Greubel Forsey made waves, Arnold & Son reinvigorated one of its staples and Purnell continued its exploration of the innate insanity. Enjoy!
Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Convexe
Greubel Forsey has unveiled its latest haute horlogerie grail in the form of the Double Balancier Convexe. Based on the patented Double Balancier created in 2007, the new Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Convexe features two dissociated balance wheels inclined at 30°, separated by a constant spherical differential which calculates their average timing rate. All of this is on display via the partially openworked dial and is complete with an abundance of hand-finishing techniques, including black polishing, interior anglage, straight-grained hand-polishing and beveling. The Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Convexe comes with either a textured rubber strap or a titanium bracelet, matching its titanium case. The Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Convexe will be made in a limited run of only 66 pieces between 2022 and 2024 and will be priced at 295,000CHF on the rubber strap and 335,000CHF on the titanium bracelet.
Arnold & Son Nebula Steel
Arnold & Son has breathed new life into the Nebula, one of the maison's most affordable bits of openworked haute horlogerie. The new Arnold & Son Nebula Steel is offered in a stainless steel case measuring 41.50mm across and 8.73mm in depth and comes with a skeletonised movement on full display through the inverted dial complete with blue and grey tones. The Arnold & Son Nebula Steel comes with either a stainless steel bracelet or a blue rubber strap, with both offerings giving the piece a completely different look and vibe. I've always loved the Nebula and thought it to be one of the coolest time-only skeletonised watches out there. The new Nebula Steel hits the mark just as well as the original, and I love that it's available with a steel bracelet. The Arnold & Son Nebula Steel is priced at 15,700CHF on the rubber strap, while the steel bracelet has a bit of a premium and is priced at 16,900CHF.
Purnell x READYMADE
Purnell has joined forces with READYMADE to create the brand new ESCAPE II. Using reworked vintage U.S. army gear, the ESCAPE II features a bicolour spherion tourbillon combination of neon orange and green, a sapphire dial with 47 hand-painted rainbow colour shades, diamond indices and a strap made from original U.S. military fabric from WWII. It's available in three variations, each limited to five models. The first is encased in WPM (White Purnell Microfiber), the second in carbon and the third in complete sapphire. Each model of course features Purnell's incredible Caliber P03 which is made up of the maison's mind-blowing spherical tourbillon system.