For the last two decades, the Swiss watchmaker Dubey and Schaldenbrand has focused on the aesthetic rather than the technical aspects of watchmaking, purchasing vintage calibers from other companies and then creating ornate cases to house them, as well as dials, hands, and movement components. But with the new Dubey & Schaldenbrand Coeur Blanc, the brand combines exceptional case design with a complicated movement (based on the tourbillon 8001) that it created in-house.
Nearly every surface of the Coeur Blanc—each example of which requires 500 hours to construct—features invisible-set baguette diamonds, excluding an aperture on the dial that reveals the proprietary movement’s tourbillon cage. The watch’s gray-gold case alone is fitted with 400 diamonds with a total weight of 12.7 carats, while the dial is adorned with 255 diamonds weighing 8.1 carats. The skeletonized blued-steel hour and minute hands are a stark contrast against the monochromatic effect created by the diamonds set over the gray gold. Another 54 diamonds are found on the buckle of the watch’s alligator-leather strap, bringing the $800,000 timepiece’s final carat count to 22.5. (www.dubeywatch.com)