Two years ago, Fawaz Gruosi, the founder of de Grisogono, unveiled a timepiece which required seven years of research and development: the New Retro. A minimalist watch whose complexity stems from its construction, featuring a case composed of two cambered and perfectly matched sapphire crystals, elegantly united by a slender ribbon of gold. Now de Grisogono introduced a new version in this line: the New Retro Skeleton Tourbillon.
This watch reinterprets this horological complication in a spectacular way. In this watch the shapes highlight the functions, aesthetic codes magnify the art of time measurement. The watchmakers of de Grisogono created a beautiful movement without changing the case size or its cambered profile.
The skeletonized movement is elegantly framed by a sapphire crystal case offering a panoramic vision of time. A movement playing with symmetrical and asymmetrical effects and measures 44 x 51 mm. The wide case houses a tourbillon bearing the de Grisogono signature. As if suspended inside the case and held by majestic bridges with an architecture evoking the grilles of vintage cars, the tourbillon flaunts at 3 o’clock.
This in-line skeleton movement flaunts its non-conformist appearance and reveals its intricate inner workings in an oblong format embracing the case middle. At 9 o’clock, the heart of the movement, the balance-wheel, balance-spring and escapement – and its 83 components defy gravity. The black rhodium-plated and gold decorated upper and lower bridges of the tourbillon carriage, holding the entire movement, are graced with alternating sandblasted and horizontal satin finishing. They feature hand-polished chamfers. The sunburst barrel with its openworked scrolling motif, reveals tantalising glimpses of its spring, while the ratchet wheel plays on the contrast between the sunburst swirls and a black lacquer coating.
The dG 31-88 calibre operates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and offers a 72-hour power reserve. We want to mention, that the movement looks just as spectacular through the sapphire case back than through the front.
The New Retro Skeleton Tourbillon is water resistant up to 30 meters and is teamed with an alligator leather strap featuring large square scales and a saddle finish.
The watch comes in two different versions, with a case in red or white gold. Both watches are limited to 25 pieces each.