Caliber AS-1985 from the 1960s
Original historical movement A. Schild SA
Limited edition 22 pcs only
Interactive watch chronicle on the blockchain
Delivery date: end of March 2023
The watchmaking craftsmanship of yesteryear offers crucial information for the production of new, high-quality watches. Hence, in producing the DBF008, DuBois et fils relies on the knowledge of traditional manufacturing.
Each model is made in Switzerland and precisely hand-assembled in a watchmaking atelier in the Jura.
A highly important part of the DBF008 is the crown. Once installed, it not only rounds off the picture of the watch visually, but is also an irreplaceable technical component. Especially with the DBF008: each movement is equipped with a crown featuring a push button. This allows the date to be adjusted by simply pressing the crown.
Although the diameter of the DBF008 is reduced to 39mm, the new DuBois watch has a large-looking face. To create this effect, we use an old technique: the case of the watch is assembled from the bottom up. This involves pressing the bezel onto the watch from the top-side and attaching it via a snap-fit. The domed box sapphire crystal extends quite far outwards and is framed by a fine rim.
Beneath the aesthetically and beautifully domed and rounded box sapphire crystal lies not only the dial, but also the movement of the DBF008.
The movement is inserted from the top before the rest of the elements follow. The screws, hands and the crown are extremely small and filigree. Only when all the individual parts are precisely assembled with each other does the watch run. This is a craft that requires an exceptionally high level of intuition and sensitivity.
We combine old knowledge with new ideas — including with the DBF008. The "corns", also known as "horns", are the connecting elements between the case and the watchband. These elements are first polished and only then do we solder them onto the satin-finished area of the housing.
Soldering was once used to attach the hinges of a pocket watch. Today, this watch technic is still being used for precious metals. However, the process is complex and expensive.