Monday, May 14, 2012

Love Overdue - Dubey & Schaldenbrand's Dome GMT

Courtesy of Dubey & Schaldenbrand
I have to start this off by reminding myself, I am writing about watches.  I am not writing about the Sistine Chapel.  A building designed by Mies, Le Corbusier or any other icon.

Love Overdue.  This haunts me.  It expresses a longing - a sense that there is something out there that has eluded you - but is out there still.  And that is this - the Dome GMT from Dubey & Schaldenbrand.  This is love overdue.

Courtesy of Dubey & Schaldenbrand
The Dubey & Schaldenbrand watches of the recent past are beautiful.  There can be no denying this, but the Dome GMT is clearly something more.  Not unlike Mies, or Le Corbusier, or as I am American, even Lloyd Wright.  Or more specifically as I am from Ohio - Philip Johnson - this new offering from Dubey & Schaldenbrand is breaking new ground.  It is establishing a new vocabulary, a new language for Dubey & Schaldenbrand.  Remembering the past, but taking the next step.  Respectful, but not a slave to what has come before.  Evolution, not revolution.

It would be simple to bang out more of the same icons that came before.  And that is why we call them icons.  This is something new.  This is the next step.  This is love overdue.


self-winding mechanical movement basis ETA 2892A2 modified by Dubey & Schaldenbrand 

rhodium plated 

28’800 per hour 

23 / incabloc 

power reserve 
42 hours 

hours, minutes, sweep seconds, date, second time zone, 24 hour display 

silver, black or blue 

skeleton DS hands, coated with SuperLuminova 

high-grade 316L steel or gold 18K 5N, crown with DS engraving 

dimensions // water resistance 
35 x 47 mm // to 50 meters 

convex spherical inside and outside upper sapphire crystal; anti-reflective on both sides 

strap and buckle 
black alligator with tang buckle 

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