Robb Report Magazine selects Greubel Forsey’s Art Piece 1 as a “Best of the Best 2014 Men’s Watch”
To boggle the imaginations of Switzerland’s leading complicated watchmakers with the manipulation of small objects requires formidable skill. Yet the British artist Willard Wigan has done exactly this through his limited collaboration with the boutique complication specialist Greubel Forsey. The first example of Art Piece 1 (price upon request) incorporated one of Wigan’s minuscule sculptures—a detailed sailing ship with near-microscopic rigging. It is visible courtesy of a microscope, with 23 times magnification, that the watchmakers engineered to fit into the side of the case beside the inclined double tourbillon. Further Art Piece editions will be made on a semicustom basis, with input from collectors driving the subject matter of the microscopic sculptures. Though other watchmakers are including various art forms in their models, Greubel Forsey’s Art Piece 1 is an incomparable achievement not just of scale but of creative synergy.
About Art Piece 1:
Art Piece 1, co-artistic creation by Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey in collaboration with artist Willard Wigan, hosts a micro-sculpture housed in its own space, inside the timepiece. This work in progress, contains an optical system reduces nested in the middle which allows to fully appreciate the micro-sculpture.
Art Piece 1 also reveals our first fundamental invention, the Double Tourbillon 30 °.
Robert and Stephen discovered, from their first meeting, they shared the same miniaturist Willard Wigan language.
Initially, Willard Wigan thought watchmaking belonged to another universe, far far away from his arts. However, visiting Greubel Forsey Workshop, he was able to delve into the philosophy and spirit that inhabits the area. The medium of Robert and Stephen are that the pursuit of excellence and perfection, echoed his own artistic sensibility.