The Swiss brand’s Grand Shar collection of high-end luxury watches will soon be expanded with a fresh Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Shar DBT Ti Tourbillon model. Powered by a hand-wound caliber, which is housed in a relatively large, but still ultra-lightweight body, the timekeeper will cost about half the price of a small condo in Los Angeles County.
Quite predictably, the new Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Shar DBT Ti Tourbillon sports the same, elegantly shaped round body as the last year’s Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Shar DB automatic watch, but is crafted from different material. This time, the company used a much less massive grade 5 titanium alloy.
Known for its high strength and relative softness, the material was subjected to high-tech electro-plasma treatment that not only made it look more attractive with that deep, dark-grey color of its surface, but also allowed it to become considerably harder, a lot more difficult to scratch or dent.
As you can see on the promo images that we have received, the dial skeletonized of the watch sports the same color, but is decorated with polished Roman numerals. A part of the baseplate, which is visible at 6 o’clock where the tourbillon module is placed, seems to be rhodium-plated.
Frankly, I am not really sure about the skeletonized hour and minute hands: compared to the oversized numerals they seem too small and unimpressive. However, the size of these elements was probably dictated by the inner chapter ring that features Dubey & Schaldenbrand logo: a stylized Latin “D” with an “S” inside it. By the way, the Grand Shar DBT is so far the only watch in their product range that features the logo instead of the usual italicized “Dubey & Schaldenbrand” inscription on the dial. The same logo is also engraved on the winding crown of the piece.
As I have already noted, this high-end watch is powered by a hand-wound movement. Called Tourbillon base 8001 (as far as I understand, the caliber is outsourced from another luxury watchmaker, DeWitt, and is based on the movement that powers the technocratic DeWitt Academia Tourbillon Mysterieux model, which is, too, available in a titanium body), the caliber beats at a fairly slow rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour, but in return gives you a pretty much impressive power reserve of 100 hours.
According to their PR service, the watch is going to be offered at a price of $127,500: not overly expensive for a tourbillon, but still more than striking in this hard time of a crisis that seems to never end.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 3.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Photos: Dubey & Schaldenbrand
Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Shar DBT Ti Tourbillon watch specification
Price: $127,500 (MSRP)
Movement: Manual, base Caliber 8001, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 100 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon
Case material: Titanium, oxidized
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Hour markers: None
Hands: Blued, luminous
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black alligator leather strap with oxidized titanium grade 5 buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, convex, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Sapphire