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de Grisogono

Keen to develop technical timepieces with a refined and distinctive aesthetic appearance, in less than twenty years de Grisogono has successfully carved out a niche in the world of watchmaking. Its audacious design ethos is expressed in firmly contemporary, off-beat timepieces.

About

It was in 1993 that Fawaz Gruosi opened his first store selling jewellery and objets d'art in Geneva. He called it ‘de Grisogono' in reference to the maiden name of the mother of one of his business partners at that time.

Three years later, at a time when he was pursuing his path alone with the brand he had founded, Fawaz Gruosi rapidly made a name for himself as one of the first to design jewellery using black diamonds – a stone that had long been neglected as being too complex to work with.

On the strength of this success, in 1997 de Grisogono opened a store in London, followed two years later by another one in Gstaad.

The next year, in 2000, the company presented its first watchmaking line, soberly named ‘Instrumento N° Uno' at Baselworld, with a ladies' version called ‘Instrumentino' released the year after. The Chopard Group took an interest in these developments and in 2002 decided to take a stake in the Firm's growth.

From that time on, de Grisogono has presented between one and four new watches a year. In 2007, Fawaz Gruosi bought back all the shares in the company and committed himself permanently to the creation of new collections, once again combining watchmaking and jewellery to create smart, modern timepieces.

1993
The company is founded and the first store opened.
2000
Presentation of the first line of watches at Baselworld.
2002
Chopard takes a stake in the company to help it grow.
2007
Fawaz Gruosi buys back all the de Grisogono shares.
2013
Presentation of the ‘Sucre.
Philosophy

Keen to develop technical timepieces with a refined and distinctive aesthetic appearance, in less than twenty years de Grisogono has successfully carved out a niche in the world of watchmaking. 

Its audacious design ethos is expressed in firmly contemporary, off-beat timepieces. There are many examples of the firm's jewellery knowhow being displayed in richly jewelled watches – that are always fun and functional, too.

Collections

FG One

Housed in a tonneau case highlighted by vertical grooves, the FG One has an alluring retrograde time and date display.

Fuso Quadrato

Featuring a square case, the Fuso Quadrato has a second time band concealed beneath a retractable crown.

Instrumento

This collection with square cases comprises four lines: the ‘Doppio Tre' with three time bands; the ‘Grande Chrono' with Large Date display; the ‘Uno XL' with a dual time band and ebony dial; the ‘Uno' with a Large Date display and dual time band and lastly the ‘Instrumentino', a ladies' model with time and date.

Otturatore

This timepiece with a square case features a brand-new complication, enabling the small seconds hand to appear and disappear as the wearer's fancy takes them, plus the date, power reserve and moon phase.

Piccolina

Scarcely no surface is left unjewelled on the curvaceous Piccolina, whose rigid wristband fits flush with the square case.

Sugar collection

This jewelled watch is set with coloured diamonds in a square case with a quartz movement.

Tondo by Night

Tondo and Tondo By Night are the two lines in this collection, featuring a jewelled swinging rotor and a novel luminescent material for the entire timepiece apart from the dial.

Watches

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