State of Mind by Beijing Watch Factory for GPHG Tourbillon Category

Check out these first images of the BWAF 'State of Mind' being considered in the Tourbillon and Escapement category of the 2017 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. There is some stiff competition in the category with the likes of Arnold & Son, Zenith, Ulysse Nardin and others, to name a few. But Beijing Watch Factory has offered something quite special here with this piece, and appears to really want to stand out from the crowd visually. In terms of striking color use and design, I've never quite seen anything so bold from the Beijing brand.

Limited to a run of only 99, the manual wind tourbillon movement has a power reserve of 63 hours, and is displayed on the off centered indicator at the top of the dial. The case is 42.5mm wide by 11.2mm thick.

There are a lot of hot watches in the category, no doubt...but this watch is hot. I'm not sure exactly what GPHG judges take into consideration, but I hope they'll consider this: among all the watches in the Tourbillon and Escapement category, the Beijing entry is by far the most affordable. Priced at 3'520 CHF or $3650 USD, State of Mind is priced nearly 5x less than the next lowest competing watch (TAG HEUER - 16'574 CHF). The most expensive watch in the category, a Royal Oak Offshore, is 71x more expensive (250'000 CHF) than the State of Mind. Let's hope for the sake of BWAF that realistic affordability is taken into consideration by the GPHG judges.

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