Watchmaker Robert Forsey, co-founder of Gruebel Forsey, isnât worried. This plain-spoken creator of some of the most complex and beautiful watches in the world sees the Swiss Watch industry to be in turmoil but not in peril. âThey made too many watches,â he said simply. And now they canât sell them.
When asked about the rise of the smartwatch, Forsey laughs. His company creates wildly unique timepieces which he calls âsmart mechanicals.â His watches include tiny representations of the spinning earth and other unique complications that you wonât find on an Apple Watch. In short, there is a place for cheap plastic and a place for mastery. Forsey prefers to remain in the latter camp.
I talked to Forsey about the perceived doldrums in the industry and he was unconcerned. After all, people will always pay lots of money for beautiful things. Take a listen below.
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