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Greubel Forsey, Philippe Dufour and Michel Boulanger

Le Garde Temps- Naissance d'Une Montre Project, "Montre École” | A brand new limited edition white gold semi-skeletonised tourbillon wristwatch, Circa 2016 | Greubel Forsey, Philippe Dufour 及 Michel Boulanger | Le Garde Temps- Naissance d'Une Montre Project, "Montre École” | 全新限量版白金半鏤空陀飛輪腕錶,約2016年製

Greubel Forsey, Philippe Dufour and Michel Boulanger

Greubel Forsey, Philippe Dufour and Michel Boulanger

Le Garde Temps- Naissance d'Une Montre Project, "Montre École” | A brand new limited edition white gold semi-skeletonised tourbillon wristwatch, Circa 2016 | Greubel Forsey, Philippe Dufour 及 Michel Boulanger | Le Garde Temps- Naissance d'Une Montre Project, "Montre École” | 全新限量版白金半鏤空陀飛輪腕錶,約2016年製

Le Garde Temps- Naissance d'Une Montre Project, "Montre École” | A brand new limited edition white gold semi-skeletonised tourbillon wristwatch, Circa 2016 | Greubel Forsey, Philippe Dufour 及 Michel Boulanger | Le Garde Temps- Naissance d'Une Montre Project, "Montre École” | 全新限量版白金半鏤空陀飛輪腕錶,約2016年製

Greubel Forsey, Philippe Dufour and Michel Boulanger

Le Garde Temps- Naissance d'Une Montre Project, "Montre École”

A brand new limited edition white gold semi-skeletonised tourbillon wristwatch, Circa 2016

Greubel Forsey, Philippe Dufour 及 Michel Boulanger

Le Garde Temps- Naissance d'Une Montre Project, "Montre École” 

全新限量版白金半鏤空陀飛輪腕錶,約2016年製


Dial: semi-skeletonised

Calibre: mechanical, 25 jewels

Movement number: 09/11

Case: 18k white gold, sapphire crystal display back secured by 4 screws

Case number: limited edition 09/11

Closure: brown Greubel Forsey leather strap and 18k white gold buckle

Size: 45 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Greubel Forsey Certificate of Authenticity, loupe, instruction manual and presentation box

附帶證書、放大鏡、說明書及盒子

The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloging. The watch is brand new and has not been worn before.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense.


Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

With the rapid success of technology and mass production since the 1970s, many new equipment and computers were invented to ease the process of watchmaking. While most watches assembled have shown a higher level of precision than any watches that have ever been made, classic watchmaking techniques have started to fade and has brought great impacts to the traditional values of Swiss watchmaking. It is unfortunate to say, using machines to replicate every gear in the movement is simply incomparable with the heartfelt passion of getting things right completely by hand, where the signs of accomplishment in the process are truly unrivaled. Not to mention the amount of dedication, appreciation and emotions which are encompassed in the intricate craftsmanship after years of research and trial and error.


Worrying that rapid mechanisation was abolishing artisanal craftsmanship from the watch industry, in 2009, the trio of Stephen Forsey, Robert Greubel and Philippe Dufour have joined forces to lead a project named Le Garde Temps – Naissance d’une Montre (French for Guarding Time – Birth of a Watch). The former 2 are famous for unique, highly complicated creations under the name Greubel Forsey whilst were the last batch of watchmakers who learned their books the traditional way, before computers took over nearly all of the manufacturing processes. Philippe Dufour is undoubtedly one of the living legends who works completely alone by hand to create some of the world’s most gorgeously finished timepieces.


While it was not easy to find the perfect candidate, a young talented French watchmaking teacher Michel Boulanger was chosen to translate the ideas of traditional watchmaking. With the mentorship of the trio and thanks to Michel’s interest and technical skills in horological heritage, he is the perfect bridge between the knowledge and artistry of past masters and the next generation.


A simple watch would be an understatement as Michel Boulanger built the tourbillon ‘Naissance d'une Montre’ watch from scratch using only hand-operated tools, without the help of technology. Carrying the characteristics of both styles, the highly asymmetric dial is reminiscent of Greubel Forsey, whilst the clean, round case and movement decorations were inspired by the beautifully proportioned cases we have been seeing from Philippe Dufour. Through 6 years of grueling research, the present collection crafted by Michel Boulanger was launched in SIHH 2015.


Sets out a mission to preserve the traditional Swiss watchmaking techniques, the end product embodies all of their own personal values of dedication, commitment and passion. The current watch underlies the gold standard of how a mechanical watch should be born, proudly showcases a variety of design elements and finishing skills, like a time capsule for future generation watchmakers.