A detailed look at the Greubel Forsey Signature 1, an impeccable chronograph

Greubel Forsey replica went all out with its entry-level Signature 1, giving it an n-class movement in construction and finish.

Entry-level watches are all the rage right now, even among watchmakers like Greubel Forsey, a specialist in sophisticated and expensive tourbillon watches. Launched earlier this year at SIHH 2016, the Signature 1 is the entry-level Greubel Forsey. The Signature 1 doesn’t have any complications, it just shows the time, but the construction and finish are impeccable, as good as Greubel Forsey’s expensive timepieces.

The Signature 1 is hand-wound and displays hours, minutes and seconds. Despite its simplicity, the dial appears slightly complex in typical Greubel Forsey style. The time is displayed on an off-centre sub-dial, and the gold-plated wheels of the gear train are exposed.

One’s eye is immediately drawn to the large balance wheel, nearly 13mm in diameter, held in place by a long steel bridge. While the visuals of the watch are nothing special, the Signature 1 is quite handsome.

Even more impressive is the quality of the watch. The hand-finishing of the movement is excellent. Every component, even the tiniest and most inconspicuous, has been finished to a high degree. Take, for example, the blued steel hands, all of which have a mirror-polished, bowl-shaped countersunk center. The dial, although it looks ordinary, is actually a silver-plated solid gold disc. Even the edges of the dial are beveled and polished; the small cutout at seven o’clock to accommodate the balance wheel is a pleasing detail.

Another interesting detail is the escape wheel bridge, which is located below the balance bridge. While barely visible, it still has straight grain on the top and sides, polished bevels on all edges—and the chamfered edges of the heads of the screws that hold it in place.

Although small by replica Greubel Forsey standards, the Signature 1 is not a small watch. It is 41.4mm in diameter and just under 12mm thick. Even in stainless steel, it’s big enough to give it presence and weight. The case is also meticulously polished, with neatly brushed surfaces separated by polished bevels.

Conversely, the finish is more impressive because there’s more to see. Although uncomplicated, the movement is constructed to showcase most of the mechanics. The black-coated main board serves as a canvas, and the bridges are cut away to reveal the components below. On the top left is the barrel, topped by a striking serrated ratchet under the three-legged barrel bridge. The size and shape of the barrel bridge give it an architectural feel, a quality often found in Greubel Forsey movements.

The movement style is inspired by vintage pocket watch movements. All cleats have a smooth matte finish with wide polished bevels on the edges. Most bridges have a straight profile, although there are enough sharp inward angles between them to satisfy the grooming aficionado.

As expected, the spokes and rims of all gears are beveled, the jewels are set in gold sleeves, and the screws are neatly polished and chamfered.

The Signature 1 is the first in a series planned by the watchmakers of Greubel Forsey. Didier JG Cretin was the watchmaker responsible for conceiving the Signature 1, which is why his name is repeated twice on the front and back of the watch. The names of Mr. Greubel and Mr. Forsey are also repeated twice, perhaps unnecessarily.

The movement saves so little, it’s obvious. But can it be better?

Given the undeniable quality of the movement, the question seems a bit ungrateful. However, Signature 1 is still priced the same as a small apartment. Popular copy watch

One detail that could be improved – even though it’s been done perfectly – is the balance bridge. It is topped with an impeccable black finish, with wide polished bevels running along its length and admirably sharp corners on the pillars at each end. A more time-consuming trimming method is to round the profile of the bridge, as is done on the Patek Philippe ref. Take the 5101 10-Day Tourbillon as an example.

Then there is the question of compromise.

Greubel Forsey is known for its incredibly exotic tourbillon watches. Most Greubel Forsey watches are the best in their class, which is a convincing argument – they’re really that good.

On the other hand, the Signature 1 feels a bit of a compromise relative to other products made by Greubel Forsey. This is a problem Greubel Forsey created for himself by setting the bar so high. This problem is further compounded by the fact that alternatives to Signature 1, such as Voutilainen Vingt-8, are widely regarded as the best in their class.

The stainless steel Signature 1 is half the price of the second most expensive Greubel Forsey watch (tourbillon). Relative to the brand’s other offerings, the Signature 1 seems like a good deal, but it’s still hard to label this value for money.

Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph Watch

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Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller copy has the breath of Charlie and Chocolate Factory. With the elaborate “Watchland” production facility located on the outskirts of Geneva, the top brand positioning and the design of watch series that are completely different from the traditional design are often carried out. It would not be surprising if they announced that they would hide the golden ticket in the watch. package. Unfortunately, this is not the case, but the Franck Muller Vanguard chronograph is still an exciting and interesting watch.

Please note that the copy Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph was released last year, but we have recently provided us with additional information about the watch we want to deliver. So, what is so exciting about the Pioneer Chronograph? Well, look at that. This watch case is made of a tonneau-shaped case, available in 18k rose gold, stainless steel or titanium, which can be described as love at first sight. When working with Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier, Ariel said: “In the computer-rendered image, Vanguard does not look so impressive, but also likes to work hard at the same time.” The addition of the timing button and sub-dial makes this Vanguard model Even more exciting, although I have not personally experienced the Franck Muller Vanguard chronograph, but based on the image, the added complexity is more suitable for Vansk’s overall design. Than a collection of standard models.

The Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph is powered by the Franck Muller 7000 automatic movement. It has 27 jewels, a power reserve of 48 hours, and an hourly vibration frequency of 28,800 (4 Hz). It also uses Côtes de Genève, round texture and rhodium-plated decoration, making the inside of the watch as beautiful as the outside.

The case is big. It is 44mm wide, 53.7mm long, 15.8mm thick, and will be worn prominently on most wrists. It is best to see the dial. Its application, oversized Arabic numeral hour markers and large hands matching the color of the case will definitely attract people’s attention. As you can see from the pictures, the colors of the dial are different. I personally prefer the gray dial. I think it provides the best background for other components.

Cut off the six o’clock mark is a small round date window, which will surely disturb many people. It does not exactly match the rest of the copy watch and can be handled better. In contrast, the strap is well done. The lugs have been integrated into the case design. The top of the strap is alligator leather and the bottom is rubber. The expandable buckle is easy to wear and remove.

As Ariel said in his hands-on practice with Vanguard Glacier, “…unless you wear your wrist, please don’t judge any of them completely.” With this in mind, what I want to say is that I look forward to working with Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph came into contact with me personally. Judging from the published images and information, I think this is where the Vanguard model is more exciting and balanced.