Dubey & Schaldenbrand

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                                                    JONATAN GIL, CEO

Dear Sprocket friends,

Innovation has always been the influence that drove my devoted team and myself to reach new heights. At 22 years I bought the company, which I still proudly own till this present day. My love for timepieces did not only begin in 2009, but it has always been a part of my life.

I truly believe that satisfaction and achievement is attained not exclusively in financial value, but rather in the prosperity, development of the business as well as relationships with my clientele and business partnerships.

I would like to thank all our dedicated followers who supported us in making it possible for the brand to reach new heights. Thank you for believing with us in Dubey & Schaldenbrand, ensuring the history to live on through time.

It is known that we like to experiment with the latest materials and to challenge the market. We will continue to improve our unique and precise ways of diamond setting and craft new timepieces with unique material, an example being our one of a kind timepiece, the C70.

Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” I strive daily to use my innovation 100% and to inspire those who work with me to do the same. With this in mind I know Dubey & Schaldenbrand can become the leader who inspire others.

 —Jonatan Gil

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WHO IS BEHIND THE BRAND DUBEY & SCHALDENBRAND

Jonatan Gil is CEO and owner of Dubey & Schaldenbrand, a brand founded in 1946 by watchmakers Georges Dubey and René Schaldenbrand. It is one of the few brands to survive the race to electronic watches.

An admirer of the brand, Ms. Cinette Robert, introduced the watches at Baselworld in 1990, bringing the brand to an international level while selling its watches in the unique tonneau shaped cases. Ms. Robert, was pretty much a dynamic one-woman wonder and a person of considerable experience and knowledge about the Swiss watch industry. She purchased the brand in 1995 and by a chance meeting soon after, Jonatan Gil landed on her doorstep.

But well before this, young Jonatan became interested in wristwatches when he was 12, winning his first luxury wristwatch in a bet with his horse riding trainer. It was a Breitling that he won by winning a jumping contest.

Jonatan’s collection grew to more than 50 timepieces, mostly from his sponsors—all of them in the watch industry. One of the watches was a Gran’ Chrono Astro set with 422 black diamonds. He didn’t know about the brand at the time, but he loved the look and feel of it—a Dubey & Schaldenbrand. It didn’t hurt Jonatan’s watch collecting that his father was a renowned diamond setter whose work was primarily in the watch industry.

Jonatan learned about the watch business through his father's clients. He is highly skilled and even invented a special method of setting diamonds in steel. Stopping by daily to see his dad before or after horse riding practice he would often enter his office in riding pants. His dad never hesitated to introduce him to customers and suppliers.

Uncertain about following his father into the business or the watch industry, Jonatan decided to attend technical school to study computer engineering. He enjoyed the classes and earned a 4-year CFC degree—the Federal Certificate of Capacity. But by this time he realized he wouldn’t enjoy sitting at a desk all day and preferred being out traveling and meeting people.

On a trip with his father to Qatar, Jonatan discovered the source of his Gran’ Chrono Astro and Ms. Robert. He knew instantly that he wanted to work with her and learn all he could about this unique brand. At first she refused him, letting it be known that she was not looking for anyone. But Jonatan persisted and she decided to hire him two days later insisting that he start in 10 days so he could assist her during SIHH in Geneva. He made quick arrangements to get his three horses back from England where he had been competing just in time to begin his new job at Dubey & Schaldenbrand.

Jonatan believes Ms. Robert’s interest in him was because he already knew all the suppliers and many of the customers. Jonatan says she wasn’t easy to work with but he made it his mission to learn everything he could about the brand and its business relationships.

It was in 2009, when Ms. Robert decided to sell the brand and return to her former interest in antique timepieces. She didn’t want to sell to a watch group fearing the brand would be absorbed and simply disappear. So it was only natural that she accepted Jonatan’s offer to buy the brand as a family owned business. The agreement was struck and 22-year old Jonatan became owner of Dubey & Schaldenbrand.

—Glen B Bowen, Copyright 2017

         DUBEY & SCHALDENBRAND            REWRITES HISTORY

The inventors of ‘the split second chronograph’, Georges Dubey and René Schaldenbrand, found Dubey & Schaldenbrand in 1946. The company’s headquarters are located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

Patented in many countries, the revolutionary idea of the split second chronograph was their first creation in 1946. Mr. Dubey made some modifications to the 'Landeron' base movement in order to bring to the market an affordable split second chronograph. Part of the complication was hidden under the dial but the split second hand didn’t have enough power to support it. Adding a useful spiral between the two chronograph hands provided the power it needed.

Inspired by Art-Deco, the brand was built with avant-garde ideas that brought evolution to the watch industry with special mechanical movements. Dubey & Schaldenbrand continues and thrives for evolution and design (mainly with their historical tonneau shape) whilst respecting the traditional watchmaking skills of their ancestors. Dubey & Schaldenbrand are developing timepieces, by using their own DNA, tools, special materials and achieving ground breaking innovations.

VALUE — SWISS MADE

Dubey & Schaldenbrand produces most of the needed components at their manufacture in Switzerland. They only produce a certain amount of timepieces, limited editions and unique pieces with outstanding craftsmanship. They give special attention to details and design, both traditional and modern, without compromising on quality.

AUTOMATIC // MECHANICAL

By respect for inheritance established by Georges Dubey and René Schaldenbrand, Dubey & Schaldenbrand only propose automatic or mechanical movements in their timepieces.

TRADITION

In the tradition of watchmaking, the brand sometimes makes use of vintage movements. This gives these particular Dubey & Schaldenbrand timepieces a big value for collectors.

HAND-ENGRAVED MOVEMENT

Local craftsmen do the hand engraving on the timepieces. Dubey & Schaldenbrand always includes the blazon of the village of Les-Ponts-de-Martel; a watchmaker's hammer and a bridge.

              21ST CENTURY COLLECTION                           C70 // COEUR BLANC // GRAND DÔME DT // GRAND SHAR      DB // ARTISANS XTREME // STRUCTURE // LADY DOME

HERITAGE COLLECTION

AERODYN // GRAN' CHRONO // COUPE // EDITION GEORGES DUBEY // CARRE CAMBRE // AQUADYN // SONNERIE // LADY // SPIRAL // SIXTY

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GRAND DÔME COLLECTION

GRAND SHAR DB COLLECTION

ARTISAN XTREME COLLECTION

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STRUCTURE COLLECTION

PICTURED: STCAL/ST/BLU/LS

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COEUR BLANC

The COEUR BLANC features exquisite quality baguette-cut diamonds totally an astonishing 22.5 carats. This Tourbillon calibre 8001 timepiece is crafted with an open case-back, creating a very pleasant finish. Blued-steel skeleton hands. Dubey & Schaldenbrand logo appears on the sapphire crystal.

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LADY DÔME COLLECTION

PICTURED: This piece is refined with 655 diamonds on the case and 54 on the dial (3.23ct and 0.26 on the dial).

HERITAGE COLLECTION

AERODYN // GRAN' CHRONO // COUPE // EDITION GEORGES DUBEY // CARRE CAMBRE // AQUADYN // SONNERIE // LADY // SPIRAL // SIXTY