High-end timepieces are often compared to artwork, due to the nature of their creation, namely that fact that components require the hands of a skilled artisan to craft, finish, and sometimes the dials even feature miniature paintings (called enamel-work). Not to mention that timepiece at this level are sold in limited quantities.

Well, Greubel Forsey took this idea a step further with Art Piece 1, a very limited series of watches featuring art work from nano-sculpture artist Williard Wigan set right inside the timepiece.

In a recent discussion with brand co-founder Stephen Forsey, he told PROFESSIONAL WATCHES that in order to properly view the nano-sculpture, which is the size of a need pin head, they had to manufacture a special lens system small enough to fit inside the crown, yet sharp enough to properly magnify the sculpture. The result is an in-house lens with a ring on the end of the crown that allows magnification and focus levels to be adjusted to the user’s preference.

There is, of course, a timekeeping element to it as well. But instead of making a traditional hour and minute indication, the time is available on demand via a push piece at 4 o’clock on the caseband which when pushed opens and aperture on the dial. The arrow at the top of the aperture indicates hours, and the red arrow below indicates minutes. And being that it is a Greubel Forsey, a tourbillon is naturally required, in this case, it is a 30° inclined double tourbillion that sits between 12 and 3 o’clock.

The combination of miniaturized art work and the micro mechanics is the perfect juxtaposition of two forms of art that require the skills of expert artisans, at a level so small, they go beyond what the naked eye can see.

For more, visit Greubel Forsey.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.