Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dubey & Schaldenbrand Unveils Grand the Shar DBT Ti Tourbillon

Dubey & Schaldenbrand (founded 1946) unveils a surprisingly dark case to house its latest tourbillon movement. The darkness of case is due to titanium grade 5 treated with an  electroplasma oxidation process.  This process further increases the hardness and resilience of the case.  The rich blackness is accentuated by electric blue screws and hands.
This is the first time Dubey & Schaldenbrand has housed a tourbillon in a case treated with this patented oxidation process.  Although this process is used in the sophisticated medical and aerospace industries, Dubey & Schaldenbrand has improved the process to enhance the quality of its timepieces.

  Bold roman numerals emblazon the upper half of the dial in contrasting white. Skeleton DS hands are coated with SuperLuminova, which ensures time display in dim conditions.
  The case shape is by far one of my favorites.  The shape resembles that of a large wooden cable reel,  The likes one would see on an electrical truck baring bright yellow cables.  The vision of this comparison makes the perception of the watch all the more powerful. The dial is protected by an attractive convex spherical scratch resistance sapphire crystal treated on either side with an anti-reflective coating.  For optimal viewing of the tourbillon base 8001 movement, transparent sapphire crystal is affixed to the case back as well.

  The watch is equipped with a shock protection Incabloc.  A trade name for a spring-loaded mounting system for the jewel bearings which support the balance wheel.  This system protects the wheel's pivots from harm if the watch is subjected to sudden sharp movements.

The watch is capable of a 100 hour power reserve and is water resistant to 50 meters. A black alligator strap is affixed to the watch case by really cool lugs and is secured around the wrist by a titanium grade 5 buckle treated with the electroplasma oxidation process.

Yes! Powerful yet elegant.  An excellent combination - sought after, but often unattained.

The cost of the watch: $127,500.


  1. I like the watch. I've seen it up close and it's well done in my opinion.

  2. I've been fortunate enough to play with this watch and I like it. D&S has a number of different pieces that that are worth taking a look at.