Born in the cradle of Swiss watchmaking, Georges Dubey loved mechanics from an early age. He dedicated his entire life to his sole passion - watchmaking. His love and devotion for his work, coupled with an unlimited talent and desire to reach new heights of perfection, made him a wellknown master watchmaker and a prominent professor at the famous watchmaking school, the Technicum, in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He strived continuously towards ultimate perfection and at the same time to make his invention av...
Born in the cradle of Swiss watchmaking, Georges Dubey loved mechanics from an early age. He dedicated his entire life to his sole passion - watchmaking. His love and devotion for his work, coupled with an unlimited talent and desire to reach new heights of perfection, made him a wellknown master watchmaker and a prominent professor at the famous watchmaking school, the Technicum, in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He strived continuously towards ultimate perfection and at the same time to make his invention available, affordable, reliable and consequently more useful. This search for perfection came to epitomise the company and is its credo still today. Among his many creations, Georges Dubey invented the ingenious 'Index Mobile'.
Equally experienced and well known in the watch industry of La Chaux-de-Fonds, René Schaldenbrand saw the great economic potential that he and his friend and now partner, Georges Dubey, were facing. In March 1946 the first few hundred pieces went into production with the new brand name, Dubey & Schaldenbrand.
In 1995, the revival of Dubey & Schaldenbrand started as a homage to the past with Cinette Robert deciding to open her vault containing her fabulous old movement collection. (During the 1970's and early 1980's, Cinette Robert was one of the few visionaries that toured all manufacturers in order to purchase watch movements and components. Recasing each movement according to the era when it was created, the Dubey & Schaldenbrand designs rapidly found a niche with collectors.
Nearly two years working alongside Cinette Robert was enough to immerse himself in it, to establish a clear-cut vision of its future development and finally to buy up the company in order to ensure its continuity. His fascination for beautifull watches has been nurtured within his family environment, as well as during the eight Basel Fairs he has already attended. His determination to become a player, and not merely an admirer in this world with its apprently boundless facets seemed to him a logical next step and a natural objective. Jonatan is, like his illustrious predecessors, an entrepreneur and a real enthusiast of the Craftsmen of Time.
Dubey & Schaldenbrand will pursue the task undertaken by its founders in 1946.
The Brand intends to capitalize on its fundamentals and on the factors that have forged its reputation, it also intends to keep firmly in touch with the real contemporary expectations of the public. Dubey & Schaldenbrand expresses the philosophy of the Swiss watch making art, witch it contributes to perpetuating and moving forward thanks to its considerable technical and aesthetic creative resources.
In 2004, the Brand was honored by the prestigious organization : The International Institute for Promotion and Prestige with the Merite for Development of Watchmaking Tradition. Dubey & Schaldenbrand is the first watch company to be honored in this category. Dubey & Schaldenbrand moved back to La Chaux-de-Fonds, where the Brand was borned 65 years ago.
Driven by a contagious enthousiasm and a strong will to suceed, the team now in place has already taken great strides towards the future. It is in complete respect for the Swiss watchmaking art that Dubey & Schaldenbrand continues the development of its own specific technique while maintaining an open minded approach to new technologies in case where they contribute to enhancing quality and innovation.
Dubey & Schaldenbrand produces only limited quantities and small limited numbered editions with outstanding craftsmanship. Special attention to details and designs, both traditional and modern, without compromising on quality.
AUTOMATIC // MECHANICAL
By respect for inheritance established by Georges Dubey, you will find only movements automatic or mechanical in our timepieces.
In the tradition of watchmaking, we use sometimes also vintage movements. Which gives to watches Dubey & Schaldenbrand a big value for collectors.
Tthe engraving is done by local craftsmen and always includes the blazon of the village of Les-Ponts-de-Martel; a watchmaker's hammer and a bridge.