Another week down, another round up of all the latest watch releases in our regular series, Watches of the Week. In this week's column we'll be covering new pieces from Greubel Forsey, Ferdinand Berthoud as well as a special collaboration between Schwarz Etienne and Kari Voutilainen. Enjoy!
Greubel Forsey Balancier S
First up we have the latest masterpiece from Greubel Forsey, the Balancier S. Clad in titanium, the Balancier S is one of the brand's sportiest, most casual-luxe watches to date. It's a striking watch that has a rather obscure geometric design with arches and curves throughout. This kind of aesthetic trickery is somewhat overwhelming but does work well with the overall look and feel of the Balancier S. Angled at 30° is the escapement which also features a variable inertia balance wheel held in place by an angle bridge. Undoubtedly targeted at the 1% of the 1%, the Greubel Forsey Balancer S is nonetheless an absolute masterclass in modern haute horlogerie. Greubel Forsey has announced that the Balancer S will be made in a limited run of 18 pieces with a price of 195,000CHF.
Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy By Kari Voutilainen
Next is the Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy made in collaboration with Kari Voutilainen. From the outset you can see that this is a staggeringly beautiful watch. The dial features Kari Voutilainen's signature guilloche finishing and it's available in either ocean blue or sand grey. The hour track features a soleil (or sun) pattern, while the rest of the dial predominantly features the écaille de poisson (or fish scale) pattern, while the small seconds dial features a vague (wave) pattern. The in-house micro-rotor ASE 200.00 movement is finished impeccably and continues the elaborate and ornate look of the dial. The Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy will be limited to 50 pieces in each dial variation and will be priced at 29,500CHF.
Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB 2RE
Finally we have something rather special from Ferdinand Berthoud in the form of the Chronomètre FB 2RE. This is the first time Ferdinand Berthoud has used a round case (as opposed to the octagonal case of the FB 1). Made in either white or pink gold, it measures 44mm in diameter and 14.30mm in thickness. The reason why it's so thick is because the Chronomètre FB 2RE actually features a constant force with fusée-and-chain transmission and remontoir d’égalité. It also includes a dead-beat seconds hand, a power reserve indicator on the back of the dial and full COSC certification. The Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB 2RE is priced at 210,000CHF.