Handmade 1 is a serious effort by Greubel Forsey to represent the traditional way of watchmaking. In today’s times with latest technological advances and computer aided machines most of the watches are mass produced and the old handmade timepieces are a rare find. Robert and Stephen Forsey have intense knowledge of watchmaking and as entrepreneurs they take pride in creating a watch from scratch. Handmade 1 is 95% made using only hand operated tools , one single timepiece required an extraordinary 6,000 hours work (equal to three years man-hours), Hand Made 1 by Greubel Forsey takes traditional watchmaking to a new unprecedented summit.
The 272 movement components and 36 case parts are all made by well experienced team of craftsman with extraordinary precision and the finest craftsmanship. The Tourbillon carriage is also a great effort by the design team as its a difficult task to make one without machine help and specially when it consists of 69 complicated made components.
The only parts on the watch not made by hand are some case gaskets and the sapphire crystals. The 43.5mm wide, 13.5mm-thick 18 k white gold case looks great which is satin finished on the sides and the upper surfaces have been well polished. The hand enameled chapter rings paired with elegant, finely shaped flame blued steel hands make the open dial stand out.
This bold step towards artisanal watchmaking in the finest of craftsmanship is substantiated on the dial at 6 o’clock, where the inscription HAND MADE replaces the usual SWISS MADE. Greubel Forsey intends to only create 1 or 2 pieces of this stunning hand crafted timepiece with the intention to bring back the lost ancestral art of hand craftsmanship in watchmaking.
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