A watch made of transparent sapphire by Greubel Forsey asks $1.3M

Following the trend in luxury watch design of timepieces having a completely transparent case, Greubel Forsey recently launched the the Double Tourbillon 30° Technique. Because no metal is used in its construction of the dial or case — aside from the winding pin — the inner workings of this pricey timepiece are crystal clear and in full view. If only U.S. politics followed suit!

While other watches have used similar techniques — its 396-part movement is not new — what sets it apart from others is that the Double Tourbillon is far more complicated. All sapphire, all the time — it is cut from a single large sapphire crystal and it also uses sapphire in more places, including its crown. Flooded with light within its case, it is easy to see the entire movement from any angle — perfect for those who like to watch their watch .

As such, Greubel Forsey calls the $1.275 million creation the “pinnacle of transparency.”

In addition, what makes it a real standout — aside from its exorbitant cost — is that the luxury watch has two tourbillon escapements, one contained inside another. The outer tourbillon completes a rotation every four minutes, and its inner tourbillon rotates every 60 seconds. These featured mechanisms have created a never-before-seen 915 out of a possible 1,000 points at the International Chronometry Competition reports Bloomberg. 

Eight of the hand-crafted, clearly beautiful, creations will be available solely in the United States over the course of the next three years.