While there are a number of companies that make watches at the very pinnacle of the craft, we can think of no other company whose entire collection is created with this philosophy other than Greubel Forsey. Each watch that Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey releases from the factory—and there are only around 100 each year—is made with a similar combination of exacting technical and aesthetic perfection. The watchmaking duo took five years to refine their original double tourbillon before selling their first watch in 2004. Each successive complication goes through a comparably exhaustive development cycle. The pair has been no less demanding on the by-hand finishing they require. The frosted finishing they revived from antique pocket watches to the numerous applications of mirror-like “black” polishing must all be executed with old-fashioned, manual techniques that require time and expense.
It goes without saying that these watches, with their imposing size and often mid-six figure price tags, are not for everyone. This fact is not likely to disturb either Greubel Forsey or its small group of owners. It is a condition of building watches to such an exacting set of standards and vision.