When watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey introduced their Double Tourbillon 30° at the Baselworld fair in 2004, the definition of innovation had to change. With a limitless passion in engineering and design, they've been pushing the limits of watchmaking with their inclined tourbillons.
Their latest adventure is a huge jump towards the realm of art. Greubel Forsey is teaming up with an intriguing artist to bring you an innovative watch with an incredible twist – the world's smallest sculpture in its crown. Renowned British artist Willard Wigan (MBE) makes sculptures that fit in the eye of a needle or at the top of a pin. Imagine seeing Cinderella and her three wretched sisters through a pinhole, or a glamorous galley, in the crown of a tourbillon watch!
Since Wigan's nano-sculptures can only been seen under a microscope, the aptly named 'Art Piece 1' will feature a miniature microscope with 23-fold magnification, sufficient to display the artwork within.
While the design for the Art Piece 1 has not yet been completed, sketches reveal an elegant timepiece with intricate details that push the boundaries between art and design. Wigan is said to slow down his heartbeat to be able to carve his sculptures, and we think your heart might skip a beat or two when you see the Art Piece 1 at Arte's Istinye Park boutique this season.
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