Born in 1997, Rémy Cools discovered watchmaking at the age of 11 during a Manufacture visit in La Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. For Rémy, it was a revelation.
In 2012, Rémy joined one of the best watchmaking school located next to the Swiss border in Morteau, France. Two years later, in 2014, Rémy was recognised as one of the best watchmaking apprentices in France, winning the national golden medal. The awards continued; winning the prestigious F.P. Journe Young Talent Competition in 2018 with his hand made tourbillon table clock. The same year, Rémy made his tourbillon school watch to graduate his 6 years of studies; 8 months in the making and more than 1,000 hours of work.
After leaving school Rémy joined Greubel Forsey’s “tradition workshop” before deciding to become an independent watchmaker, setting up his workshop on the shores of Lake Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of France.
Like many who came before him, Cool’s debut watch was inspired by Breguet. It evolved from the Mechanica Tempus Pendulette Tourbillon, a portico clock with tourbillon that won Cools the 2018 F.P. Journe Young Talent Award.
Like the clock, the Tourbillon Souscription features a tourbillon and an off-centre dial for the time that sit under a bulbous crystal to accommodate the architectural dial. The Tourbillon Souscription is made by Cools himself using traditional tools, with a good deal being fabricated by hand, as they would have been in the 19th century. Especially unusual is the lack of a crown; instead the watch is set and wound by two recessed tabs on the back of the case.