Only 100 of the Akrivia RR Chronometre Contemporain II will be made.  What makes this $200,000 watch so special?

Only 100 of the Akrivia RR Chronometre Contemporain II will be made. What makes this $200,000 watch so special?

It is simply a watch that looks as complicated as it is, designed first and foremost to allow light to penetrate the almost unhindered timepiece.

Greubel Forsey’s Tourbillon 24 Secondes Architecture reveals its movement.

As the brand explains: “It is light which sculpts matter and reveals architecture in its intimacy, through a play of shadows and reflections. It bathes the movement to reveal it fully and in all of its complexity and is thus itself a vital contribution to the aesthetic of the timepiece.”

Indeed, the 354 components appear suspended in space within a case that looks round from the dial side, but reveals a convex shape from other angles and is capped by a synthetic sapphire crystal ring that envelopes the entire 45mm periphery. “Variable geometry” lugs aid wearability.

The movement is no less impressive with its multitude of levers and levels, arranged with intriguing display in mind, then engraved, lacquered, polished and circular grained to highlight their presence.

Three coaxial series-coupled, fast-rotating barrels provide 90 hours’ power reserve. Production will be limited to 65 pieces, price on application.

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