DuBois et fils DBF001 in Detail
January 2017 saw the launch of our newest and most expensive collection, DuBois et fils; which wouldn’t be complete without our latest Page & Cooper video, revealing the exquisite intricacies and craftsmanship which justify the price tag.
The Swiss watchmakers have produced timepieces for over 265 years, but it's the DBF001 that ought to be brought to your attention first; and not simply because it is the first watch released by owner Thomas Steinemann.
After all, DuBois et fils are wholeheartedly guided by Thomas’ mantra of using only the very best watch elements the Swiss industry has to offer. Only elite case makers, dial crafters and movement engineers were enlisted to produce the DBF001 chronograph; and it shows.
The DBF001-01 to 07 have the DD4500 movement and the DBF001-08-10 have the DD44500 movement, created by Dubois-Dépraz. You’ll recognise the name if you have an eye for the world’s top watch brands, because so many of the luxury movements are produced by these experts. As you'd expect, the quality is no less than magnificent, with the big double-date function and flyback complications adding a level of sophistication to the ever-reliable movement. Meanwhile, on the flipside, the display caseback gives you a great view of the rotor; it’s understated, refusing to protrude as watches sometimes do.
Overall, the case shows an unbelievable level of finishing; which Thomas alluded to in our interview when explaining the polishing process. No less than 90% of the watches available from us are housed in a case made of a single piece. But the DBF001 is far from ordinary, with its case split into five pieces, allowing each to receive attentive polishing. These sections are also screwed together in such a way to allow the DBF001 to remain water resistant up to 5ATM.
Now for the dial. You've heard us say before, that you'll notice new details with every glance at DuBois et fils watches; so we’ll avoid discussing the intricate pieces of 3, 6 and 9 that are hand-placed onto the dial to bring another element to your attention. The dial is incredibly complex, with a multi-level guilloche finish, and you might notice the fluted background on each of the hour markers – perfectly complementing the bezel.
Writing about the details really does them no justice, just take a look for yourself.
We could profess our excitment for DuBois et fils forever, sharing their exceptional details with you. However, you'll enjoy the timepiece far more, should you watch our latest video in full, having admired these shots.