Thursday , 25 July 2024
Plant-Based Straps - GMT

Greubel Forsey completely eliminates the use of animal leather from all of its straps.

What are the main obstacles to innovation? In most cases: lack of ambition, vision, resources, but also habit, resistance to change and perhaps a certain amount of prejudice.

Greubel Forsey has fought firmly against such obsticles for almost twenty years, famously by introducing seven Fundamental Inventions, which set a new standard and established the brand’s assertive vision in the field of Fine Watchmaking.

Today, Greubel Forsey announces that it will completely eliminate animal leather from its straps. Starting January 1, 2022, 100% of Greubel Forsey straps will be crafted from high quality plant-based materials. This is a first for the brand, and a first in the watch industry.

Proven quality

This decision represents a paradigm shift in the industry. Greubel Forsey does not compromise on quality and today, the Atelier yet again confirms its convictions.

“The technical offer for plant-based straps is mature, and our clients are by nature forward-thinking and welcoming of innovation. We want to be in line with their world vision and we are delighted to write a new chapter of responsible and sustainable High-end Watchmaking” says Antonio Calce,Chief Executive Officer and Executive Board Member.

Putting the past behind

Starting 1 January 2022, Greubel Forsey will firmly abide by its convictions and no longer use any animal-based product, of any kind or origin, for any of its straps. The Atelier’s specifications for the new plant-based straps are exactly the same as those for its leather straps.

Its principle of pursuing exceptional quality is now being pushed to the extreme: aesthetics, durability, wear, resistance to water, ultraviolet rays, etc. It’s virtually impossible to differentiate between a plant-based strap and its leather predecessor by look and feel, while also making the sacrifice and suffering of animals a thing of the past.

Several color variations will be available, just like the leather straps used today. The same will apply to buckles: with a folding clasp or pin buckle, depending on the model and on the demand. This is yet another innovation, as high-end plant-based straps with a folding clasp did not yet exist in Fine Watchmaking.

A new chapter is being written for Greubel Forsey and this initiative will not remain isolated, as the Atelier is currently working on new responsible developments, in the short and medium term. It’s time for a change.


About Karl Heinz Nuber

Nuber ist langjähriger unabhängiger Uhren Journalist und begann seine Karriere in den frühen 80er Jahren. Durch das Sammeln kam er zum Schreiben. Er ist Gründer des vierteljährlich regelmässig bilingual – Deutsch und English - erscheinenden TOURBILLON Magazin’s, der digitalen TOURBILLON Plattform TICK-Talk, der Ausstellungs- und Event Plattform Art of TOURBILLON und TOURBILLON TV. Er tritt regelmässig als Kenner der Branche in Erscheinung.

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