The new Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Shar DB automatic chronograph watch offers a time-proven Swiss made movement in a nice-looking case.
Later this week, during the upcoming (and much-awaited) Baselworld 2011 international trade show, the Swiss watchmaker will present its new Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Shar DB timekeeper.
Judging by the corporate web-site, the watch will be available not only in a stainless steel case (pictured,) which is going to be a mass-produced job, but also in a limited edition yellow gold (150 pieces) and steel with its bezel adorned with 45 ceramic baguettes (50 pieces.)
Beating inside the large 44 mm case is the well-known ETA Valjoux 7750 caliber.
Very popular both among watchmakers all over the world and the watch buying crowd, the natural-born chronograph movement offers superb reliability, easy serviceability and adequate accuracy.
It must be noted, however, that the choice of movement somewhat diminishes long-term value of the watch, since timekeepers powered by standard calibers are rarely popular among serious collectors and tend to lose their value over time.
As you can see on the photo, the watch is stylistically close to the new Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Dome DT chronograph watch.
Although its dial layout is more standard, the theme of intersecting circles is still supported here. The presence of stylized Roman numerals makes the dial look just a trifle busy, but also increases the Grand Shar DB’s legibility.
The sword-shaped hour and minute hands are coated with white Superluminova making it easier to tell time in darkness.
There is still no info on the timekeeper’s price, but it will surely be quite expensive.
Photos: Dubey & Schaldenbrand
Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Shar DB automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ETA Valjoux 7750, 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Circular ribbed decoration, openworked and DS personalised rotor
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Yellow gold / Stainless steel
Bezel material: Yellow gold / Stainless steel / Stainless steel with ceramic baguettes
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Black, Cotes de Geneve decoration
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black Louisiana alligator leather with folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, convex, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire