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Greubel Forsey’s New Balancier S² Timepiece Gives the Original a Sleek Update

The $220,580 limited-edition reference gets a more refined new look.

Greubel Forsey Balancier S² Greubel Forsey

Greubel Forsey’s original Balancier S timepiece just got a makeover.

This week, the Swiss watchmaker launched its hand-wound limited-edition Balancier watch at Dubai Watch Week. The piece has been slightly enlarged from its predecessor, which was 43 mm in diameter, to sport a 46.5 mm titanium case (its 13.75 mm thickness remains the same in both the Balancier S and Balancier S²) and is outfitted with a new brushed titanium bezel and polished flanks. And for the first time, its double-arched titanium bridge, which holds the gear train and straddles the 4 o’clock hour marker, is openworked to provide more depth to the dial.

Another notable design change can be seen in the Greubel Forsey branding, which is now placed in a circular pattern under the internal bezel between 12 and 2 o’clock, instead of on the barrel cover as it was displayed in the original Balancier S. A white luminescent material replaces the red that previously decorated the arrow tips of the hour and minute hands. Likewise, the hand on the seconds indicator subdial (located at 8 o’clock), formerly in red, is now black. The effect is a cleaner, less busy approach to the dial which some watch purists will appreciate.

What remains the same, is that the gold balance wheel system, positioned between 6 and 7 o’clock, which stays tilted at a 30-degree angle. And the 72-hour power reserve indicator is still between 2 and 3 o’clock, but is told via an aperture with a red arrow inset in the dial rather than a hand indicating the numbers on top of the dial as previously seen in the first Balancier S.

Greubel Forsey Balancier S²

The back of the titanium watch displaying jewels, the GF logo on its crown, and a metal strap.  Greubel Forsey

The big idea is increased legibility. The backdrop of the dial comes in black or grey with sharp edges in a matte-effect hand-grained finish that allow the indices to stand out. These hour markers have also been extended for a lengthier display than seen on the Balancier S, for greater prominence on the dial. All in all, this is a more streamlined and elegant take on the first Balancier S.

“With the GMT Sport and the original Balancier S, we had already revealed a new facet of our identity,” Greubel Forsey said in a statement. “Today, we’re raising this highly contemporary and exciting approach to fine watchmaking to the power of 2!”

The watch is delivered on a rubber strap, but is available on a titanium bracelet upon request, both come with a folding clasp engraved with the GF logo. It is limited to 88 pieces and is available through an authorized retailer starting at $220,580. Check out the Greubel Forsey website for more details.

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