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June 14, 2013updated Jun 27, 2013

Dubey & Schaldenbrand Unveils Grand Dôme R92 Vintage Column Wheel Chronograph

By Chris Boyle

Dubey & Schaldenbrand


Dubey & Schaldenbrand is proud to unveil one of 2013’s novelty timepieces, the Grand Dôme R92 Vintage Column Wheel Chronograph.

Presented at BaselWorld 2013, this unique limited edition piece will be available at select stores as early as July 2013. 

Over the years, independent watchmaker Dubey & Schaldenbrand has proudly curated treasured movements from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Once again, the manufacturer reaches deep into its magical vault and presents the Grand Dôme R92 Vintage Column Wheel Chronograph.

This limited edition chronograph is the manifestation of Dubey & Schaldenbrand’s values as a keeper of time.

The Grand Dôme R92 presents the heritage of vintage movements, the artisan craftsmanship of hand engraving, and the modern design of the Grand Dôme Case, all enveloped elegantly into the new vision of Dubey & Schaldenbrand.

Housed in a stainless-steel signature tonneau shaped case, the special edition R92 movement was originally fabricated in the 1950s, and was purchased decades ago from the predecessor of Valjoux and ETA.

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Since then it has been waiting patiently for its moment to shine once again. The column wheel is a distinct characteristic of the R92 chronograph movement, and features a traditional method of synchronizing the chronograph components, incorporating a unique swivel pinion design that was created by Edouard Heuer in 1886. It is also unusual in that the ratchet is on the dial side along with a crown mechanism with rocker bar.

The R92 is a truly unique piece for tonneau case connoisseurs and vintage movement collectors alike. Those valuing the art of hand engraving and vintage movements will be delighted to see Dubey & Schaldenbrand honor the classic art of watchmaking.

By combining vintage movements with state-of-the-art craftsmanship, sleek, contemporary, and pure design of the in-house produced stainless steel case, Dubey & Schaldenbrand emphasizes its philosophy of bridging the heritage and memory of its founder, Georges Dubey, with the new chapter in the brand’s history.  

Given the mastery of craftsmanship, design, and the availability of the vintage movement, the R92 will be limited to 16 pieces in stainless steel.


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