Dubey & Schaldenbrand’s R92 Grand Dôme
The R92 movement used in this watch was made in the 1950’s. Since then, it’s been patiently biding its time for its moment to shine once again… That time has finally come.
Over the years, Dubey & Schaldenbrand has curated treasured movements from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. Now the Swiss watchmaker has reached deep into its magical vault to bring us the Grand Dôme R92. Created from a combination of original parts (the R92 vintage movement) and modern design that’s anything but old-timey, you get the best of both timezones.
You’ll notice that Dubey & Schaldenbrand has pulled the veil on the dial so that the heart of the watch is visible. Hand engravings, which are normally hidden behind the dial can now be shown off to the max. Housed in a stainless steel tonneau shaped case, the column wheel is a one-off swivel pinion design (created by TAG Heur pioneer Edouard Heuer himself in 1886, no less). Gothic-style hour and minute hands with some distinctive pear-shaped tips lie over a hand-engraved dial.
So the R92 is unique in that it isn’t just a piece for tonneau case connoisseurs, but also for vintage movement collectors. Dubey & Schaldenbrand is valiantly bridging the memory of its founder, Georges Dubey, with a new reinvigorated chapter in the brand’s story. Vintage, but it stands up to the modern-day in terms of technology? We’re all for it.
Only 16 pieces in stainless steel will be released from the La Chaux-de-Fonds HQ, which means you’ll need to be quick. Rare and good-looking wrist candy can be hard to come by, and this is one handsome horological sign of things past – and things to come.
Visit www.dubeywatch.com for details.