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Established in 2001 by Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey, CompliTime SA laid the foundations for the launch, in 2004, of Greubel Forsey whose motivation and innovation have been rewarded with numerous prizes and distinctions. After the Richemont Group acquired a 20% stake, the company transferred in 2009 to ultra-modern facilities in La Chaux-de-Fonds and presented its watches at the SIHH. The company prizes innovation but is also concerned with the safeguard of age-old expertise, hence the launch, with Philippe Dufour, of the Naissance d'une Montre initiative.



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CompliTime SA is founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This company is entirely dedicated to the development of complicated movements for the prestige watchmaking industry.

Greubel Forsey is launched at Baselworld where Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey present their first invention, the Double Tourbillon 30°, with a patented tourbillon system specifically adapted for the wristwatch. The launch proves a resounding success and Greubel Forsey begins developing a selective worldwide network with the finest retailers.

The Inventor-Watchmakers present their second patented invention: The Quadruple Tourbillon, with four tourbillons coupled by a spherical differential. Greubel Forsey presents the E.W.T – Experimental Watch Technology – platform, a working methods and laboratory devoted to the development of experimental mechanisms and movements.

At Baselworld, Greubel Forsey presents their third invention, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes, featuring a patented mechanism that successfully exploits the advantage of a rapid rotating single axe inclined tourbillon cage.

Harry Winston and Greubel Forsey surprise the industry by unveiling the Opus 6 at the opening of Baselworld 2006. Richemont International SA acquires 20% of the share capital of Greubel Forsey SA.

This partnership confirms the quality of the relationship the Inventor-Watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have cultivated with several Richemont Group companies over the past 20 years.

At Baselworld, Greubel Forsey unveiled the first of a more conceptual line of ‘Invention Pieces’. Invention Piece 1 was presented in a unique edition of 33 pieces: 11 in white gold, 11 in red gold and 11 in platinum.

The Tourbillon 24 Secondes is awarded the “Special Jury Prize - Timepiece of the Year ” by the Swiss magazine Montres Passion.

Greubel Forsey’s fourth year of activity is celebrated by a fourth invention, the balance-and-spring binomial in diamantchrome®. The central idea of this invention is the association of the balance and spring with isochronously stable materials.

After five years of research and development, Greubel Forsey presents at Baselworld the definitive version of their second invention, the Quadruple Tourbillon. The four tourbillons, coupled by a spherical differential, are highlighted by an openworked dial and a lateral window in an asymmetrical case.

Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey join forces with independent watchmakers Philippe Dufour, Vianney Halter and Kari Voutilainen in launching the Time æon Foundation, which aims to support, promote and preserve the art of watchmaking at its highest level.

Greubel Forsey presents a new invention: The Différentiel d’Egalité. This mechanism stabilises the distribution of energy from the mainspring to the escapement, and explores the possibility of using a spherical differential to supply stable force to the regulator.

Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey are awarded the Prix Gaïa by the Musée International de l’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, a prize rewarding their Spirit of Enterprise. The Quadruple Tourbillon wins the Asia Watchmaking Grand Prix in the “Best Complicated Watch” category; and the Double Tourbillon 30° Technique the Grand Prix in the “Best Complicated Watch” category.

Greubel Forsey relocates to new premises in La Chaux-de-Fonds, into buildings composed of an entirely restored 17th century listed farmhouse and a modern building housing the Atelier.

The Double Tourbillon 30° Édition Historique is awarded the prestigious Grand Prix de l’Aiguille d’Or (“Golden Hand”) for best overall watch at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève.

The Double Tourbillon 30° Technique wins first place in the International Chronometry Competition, demonstrating extraordinary performance and reliability as it underwent a comprehensive series of timing tests spread over several months, interspersed with exposure to magnetic fields and repeated shocks.

Greubel Forsey’s Time Art GalleryGF inaugurated in the prestigious Bund 18 waterfront complex in Shanghai, China. This brings together and showcases three universes related to the art of watchmaking: The Greubel Forsey timepiece collection; the co-creation process undertaken between Greubel Forsey and contemporary artists; and a museum type display of the work of master watchmakers – such as Vianney Halter and Philippe Dufour.

Launch of ‘Le Garde Temps, Naissance d’une Montre’ at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva. The aim of this human adventure is to safeguard knowledge of traditional watchmaking techniques and tools for future generations. Robert Greubel, Stephen Forsey and Philippe Dufour transmit their experience to master watchmaker and watchmaking teacher of the Paris Watchmaking School, Michel Boulanger while teaching him to create by hand a three-handed tourbillon timepiece.

The Art Piece 1, a co-creation work in progress, is unveiled at Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and the International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris (FIAC). Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey are creating Art Piece 1 with a micro-sculpture installation by renowned British artist Willard Wigan, observable through especially developed miniaturized optics.

Invention Piece 2 is awarded the prize for Best Complicated Watch at Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, becoming Greubel Forsey’s third prize-winning timepiece at the Grand Prix. Greubel Forsey, now comprising 75 personnel, creates approximately 100 timepieces in 2012. The company is jointly co-managed by the two founders in collaboration with CEO Emmanuel Vuille.

Presentation of the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1, a work in progress. It achieves the dual feat of allowing sufficient natural light into the watch to illuminate a micro-sculpture by Willard Wigan, and integrating an optical magnifier which enlarges the sculpture 23 times for viewing while correcting chromatic and spherical distortion.

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