Greubel Forsey

Greubel Forsey carries out fully independent production of fine watches in its workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds. These watches are highly technical, innovative and timeless, and feature a particularly meticulous finish that is one of Greubel Forsey’s defining characteristics.

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  • About Greubel Forsey

    Greubel Forsey was officially founded in 2004 with the launch of the Double Tourbillon 30° Vision, featuring a completely new inclined double tourbillon. However, the partnership between Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey dates back to the turn of the millennium, with the creation of CompliTime.

    Robert Greubel grew up in Alsace, France, and began his watchmaking career in his father's business, Greubel Horlogerie. He studied complications and joined IWC in Switzerland, where he helped with the development of grand complications. In 1990, Robert Greubel joined Renaud & Papi as a complications prototypist, before becoming managing director and then partner.

    Stephen Forsey grew up in St. Albans in the United Kingdom. His father's passion for mechanics and engineering inspired his love for watchmaking. From 1987 to 1992, he specialised in restoring old watches and in 1988 became head of the restoration department of the famous London watchmaker Asprey's. At the same time, Forsey followed classes at the Neuchâtel watchmaking school.
    In 1992, he joined Robert Greubel at Renaud & Papi, working on complications. 

    From 1999 onwards, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey worked together, initially as independent watchmakers for two years, before founding CompliTime together in 2001 to produce complication movements for prestigious brands.

    In 2004 they founded Greubel Forsey in La Chaux-de-Fonds, presenting the Double Tourbillon 30° Vision, the new company's first timepiece, at Baselworld. The launch was a success, and Greubel Forsey began to develop its distribution network around the world. To date, Greubel Forsey has presented a number of patented parts in its watches: the Tourbillon 24 Secondes in 2007, the Quadruple Tourbillon in 2008 and the Double Balancier 35° in 2013.

    In 2006, the Richemont Group acquired a minority stake in the company, confirming the high standard of relationships that Greubel Forsey enjoys with the various watchmaking brands in the group.

    In 2009, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey happened to meet Willard Wigan – a contemporary artist with a unique gift for microsculpture. Wigan is capable of producing works of art that are rarely any larger than one millimetre. The threesome decided to join forces to create a timepiece whose technical excellence is almost infinitely minute: the Art Piece 1. 

  • Greubel Forsey's philosophy

    Greubel Forsey carries out fully independent production of fine watches in its workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds. These watches are highly technical, innovative and timeless, and feature a particularly meticulous finish that is one of Greubel Forsey's defining characteristics.

    Deeply influenced by the vision of its founders, Greubel Forsey aims to redefine the historical precepts of watchmaking in a contemporary setting. The firm is also very committed to passing on the fundamental knowhow of its art, helping to develop the  ‘Time æon Foundation' in 2008. The vocation of this foundation is to protect and pass on the traditional crafts involved in watchmaking. 

  • Greubel Forsey's 5 key dates

    2001: Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey join forces as CompliTime
    2004: Greubel Forsey founded; presentation of the Double Tourbillon 30° Vision
    2010: Greubel Forsey wins the Aiguille d'Or at the Geneva Grand Prix d'Horlogerie with its Double Tourbillon 30° Edition Historique
    2011: the Double Tourbillon 30° Technique wins the International Chronometric Competition
    2013: Art Piece 1 is unveiled

  • Greubel Forsey's collections

    Double Tourbillon 30° Technique: The Double Tourbillon 30° Technique has a regulating organ composed of two embedded cages with distinct rotations. Highlighting this complication amid all the mechanisms that make up a movement, the timepiece won the Le Locle International Chronometric Competition  in 2011, with an unprecedented score of 915 points out of 1000.

    Tourbillon 24 Secondes: Here Greubel Forsey offers a new take on the inclined tourbillon, adding a rapid rotation. The asymmetric case with its side window offers a full view of the complication.

    Quadruple Tourbillon: With the Quadruple Tourbillon, Greubel Forsey takes the possibilities offered by the tourbillon to new heights. The two regulating organs, joined by a spherical differential, make an independent contribution to reliable, accurate operation.

    GMT: For its first perspective on universal time, Greubel Forsey has placed a globe in the timepiece to allow the display of an additional time band. The GMT is easy to use but mechanically complex, displaying different times on its two sides.

    Double Balancier 35°: This first Greubel Forsey timepiece without a tourbillon features two spiral balance springs inclined at 35°, situated at four and nine o'clock and connected by a spherical differential, guaranteeing optimum chronometric accuracy in all positions. The movement is set in a symmetrical case, decorated with finely engraved side plates.

  • Contact Greubel Forsey

    Greubel Forsey SA
    Eplatures-Grise 16
    Case postale 670
    CH-2301 La Chaux-de-Fonds
    Tel +41 32 925 45 45

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Featured Greubel Forsey Watches

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    Tourbillon 24 Secondes

    Contemporain

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    Double Tourbillon 30°

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    Quadruple Tourbillon

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    Tourbillon 24 Secondes

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GMT 5N Movement

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Greubel Forsey, GMT Black
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GMT Black

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Vacheron Constantin table clock
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— Greubel Forsey unveils its 7th invention, a wristworn calculator dubbed a “Computeur Mécanique” and capable of precisely indicating cyclical calendar phenomena. Its first application comes in the form of a QP à Equation (perpetual calendar with equation-of-time display) featuring unprecedented read-off simplicity.
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Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision © Greubel Forsey
Greubel Forsey

Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision

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Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30°
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Video. Double Tourbillon 30°

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