What Beauty Means At Greubel Forsey, Featuring The Quantième Perpétuel à Equation
Greubel Forsey invents mechanisms that are above all based on a quest for precision, reliability, and comfort.
This approach has a direct impact on the design of the boutique brand’s watches. In general in the watch industry, timepieces are first designed and then the technology is made to fit in.
Greubel Forsey works in the opposite manner. At the beginning, there is an idea about a new mechanism or a new way to display information. Then the brand’s movement designers and engineers work on creating a first prototype to test the concept. This phase can last several months until the new mechanism works perfectly and corresponds to the specifications.
Once the final technical version is approved, every component is reshaped in order to make it as beautiful and expressive as possible. But this step never takes the lead in each functional mission. The beauty of a Greubel Forsey watch comes from the quality of the interaction between components and how they have been adjusted to move in the most beautiful way together.
Now available at retail, the Quantième Perpétuel à Equation introduced in 2012 perfectly embodies this process. This masterpiece is the first “user-friendly,” perfectly legible, and reliable perpetual calendar with equation of time on the market. The reason it is only now finding its way to its patient customers is because of this long and demanding process of constant improvement that defines Greubel Forsey.
Let’s listen to Stephen Forsey, master watchmaker and co-founder of the brand, as he talks about beauty and this complex, mechanical wristwatch that “computes.”