Dubois Dépraz watch factory
Dubois Dépraz is located in the Leizhou town of Leizhou Jurassic, in the west of Switzerland, next to the lake, beautiful environment. Dubois Dépraz, formerly known as Dépraz & Cie, was renamed in 1968, and today, as well as many company names, it is also composed of the family name of the founder family. Dépraz & Cie was formed in 1947 by a merger of two companies, one of the founders Marcel Dépraz founded in 1901 in the personal studio, one is Marcel Dépraz to expand the business, and his Marius Guignard co-operation of the Dépraz & Guignard company In 1910, Marcel’s daughter Gabrielle and son Roger entered the second company to participate in the operation. In 1937, Marcel in order to strengthen the operation of the two companies, invited the son-in-law Reynold Dubois joined the company and became the second generation imitation Cartier love bracelet of leaders, in 1956, the founder’s grandson Gérald Dubois (now two head of the father, DD company Three generations of leaders), but also a young watchmaker, set up a technical department in the company, in 1967, the company successfully developed for the automatic movement of the timing module, 1969, Breitling TAG Heuer (responsible for the movement production and marketing ), Büren (self-winding structure study, belonging to Hamilton) and Dépraz & Cie (Chronograph Research) jointly released the world’s first automatic chronograph movement Caliber 11, marking the arrival of automatic timing.
Cal 11 automatic chronograph movement
Before the 1970s, the company had started the development of quartz movement, during the 1970s, designed and produced a quartz chronograph. Even if the pace of the quartz era, but it is still deeply affected, in 1979, the company’s two leaders disagreed, the relationship fell to freezing point, Gérald Dubois bought the plant to operate alone. In 1987, Jean-Philippe Dubois, son of Gérald Dubois, joined the company, five years later, his brother Pascal Dubois also joined the company, the former became the CEO today, the latter is the general manager. In 2006, Dubois Dépraz acquired a plant, the DPRM (gear manufacturer), a supplier of the factory in the area of the Berne, to expand its strength in the production of parts, and today’s company’s R & D production system.
DPRM watch factory
Pierre Dubois was the son of the third generation leader Gérald Dubois, who was influenced by family watchmaking, and liked mechanical watchtaking. Pierre Dubois worked for Audemars Piguet for 14 years and worked for CFO and COO. Service in the brand without creating a brand, Pierre would like to do their own watch company. In 2004, Pierre founded his own watchmaking brand, Pierre DeRoche (the founder explained that it was “stone, stone”), and DD company close with the Replica Cartier jewelry company’s experience in advanced watchmaking company and DD company’s technical support Cooperation, which launched a variety of exciting timepieces works.
Pierre DeRoche founder and TNT watch
It was not just a functional module manufacturer
Marcel Dépraz is the first generation leader of DD, thanks to his talent in the complex mechanical watchmaking, he founded his own studio, initially help other brands of production and debugging movement, he also designed timepieces, Founder of the company soon, he developed a function for the chronograph module, which won the “Vaushan Exhibition” Gold Award, his most proud of the work is to ask the table and chronograph. In 1907, Marcel Dépraz wanted to simplify the structure of the bell and watch, decided to give up the original idea of adding modules on the movement, want to produce their own chronograph. So Marcel decided to set up another company to achieve their own ideas, which was born Dépraz & Guignard.
In 1925, Marcel Dépraz hand made for the three asked the newspaper, the number of hammer control the number of horn gear, while by their own factory production of three asked the movement. In 1937, Marcel’s son Roger, son-in-law Reynold Dubois and grandson Gerald Dubois worked together to develop the Caliber 48 chronograph (13 3/4)! The movement was characterized by the abandonment of classical column wheel timing Structure, but the use of cam structure, the structure is more simple, easy production, and cheap, and thus popular, has been produced until the 1970s, the official data show that the production of more than 3.5 million of the movement.
Ask the table to use the critical parts of the time – the worm
In 1948, DD’s second-generation head, Reynold Dubois, developed a high-grade column wheel chronograph, model Caliber 74, which features a function that, in addition to timing, Sexual function – date jump. Traditional movement, the date jump often takes an hour, and he is through the structural improvement, to achieve the date of the jump function.
Buren automatic movement based on the DD timer module Cal 11 movement
In 1969, DD company third generation head Gérald Dubois, developed a chronograph history in the history of a landmark automatic chronograph movement, Caliber 11-12, which is the four companies together to develop the automatic chronograph movement Calbire 11 DD version. This movement is excellent modular design, making the movement in the demolition, testing and repair has great advantages, and popular, produced a total of 350,000, the supply to the prestigious brand.
DD 2000 series 2022 flyback chronograph movement
In 1983, DD company invented a world famous movement Caliber 2000, this movement of www.ourlovestore.com the functional module for mechanical movement, but also can be carried to the quartz movement, the module directly placed on the movement of the dial side , And this module has a corresponding hour, minute, second hand and timing pointer indicating the location, so you can directly indicate all the time, once installed on the movement, no need to correct and adjust the movement. This movement has become the founder of the DD timer module, DD is also the flagship product, so DD reputation in the industry more Sheng, established a timely leader in the field of research and development status.
5 minutes to ask the timekeeping module
Of course, in the whole development process, DD is not only focused on the timing and perpetual calendar module, it also moon phase, three asked, two places, dynamic display, large calendar, time equation and so on almost all the complex structure, But its timing and perpetual calendar module name of the first Sheng, making a lot of people did not notice its other aspects of development. At the same time, DD company has several of the most important business, independent research and development movement and functional modules for third-party companies assembled into a table for other brands foundry and custom products (70’s Logitech over the first computer mouse ).
Important models of Dubois Dépraz
Breitling uses the movement of the DD chronograph module
In the watch to achieve a complex function, there was only one way is to develop a new movement, and DD gives another answer, increase the module children. Compared to the development of new movement, increase the difficulty of the practice of the module did not decline, because the movement is not like a computer, according to a USB interface can be connected to all the equipment. Most of the movement, in terms of functional scalability is not good, but the ETA movement has this feature, many brands have been modified on the ETA movement, including nations, Omega, Longines, Breitling and so on. DD company commonly used approach is in the ETA 2824 and ETA 2892 and other basic name machine on the module superposition, it does not change the original movement of the layout, but in the movement of the front or negative (rarely) directly into the functional module, which is Was 1983, when Calibre 2000 classic routines.
Audemars Piguet 2326 back to chronograph movement
This advantage is obvious, cheap, easy to operate, so many brands to find DD or cooperation to develop such a movement. Richard Miller’s complex watch mainly by the APRP and Vaucher plus DD module to achieve, Montblanc 2014 large class transmission perpetual calendar watch is the use of Sellite + DD perpetual calendar combination of movement, Nivrel (Edox, celebrity Kerry Times watch ) 5 minutes two hours when using the ETA + DD two timekeeping combination, Audemars Piguet 2326/2847 automatic movement using Jaeger-LeCoultre 896 + DD2847 flyback timing module, Alexandre Meerson automatic dual time zone watch using Vaucher movement + DD Dual time zone module … DD itself, also provides assembled movement, mainly DD 312 (GMT), 2020/2021/2025/2045/2027 (timing and countdown), 4500 (large calendar time), 4900 (calendar Time), 9000 (calendar moon phase), 14400 (jump time), the brand can be purchased directly into the case into the case, these movements are ETA plus DD different functional modules.
If you have the opportunity to see some of the complex function of the movement, then just look at the back of its complex function of some of the components (such as column wheel, cam, hammer, etc.) can, and if there is, Or with the advanced complex movement research and development company products, if not, then there may be the basic movement plus DD module combination movement (except for the calendar class movement).
DD company for other brands to design the form of the module
DD watch industry from the development of the history of the movement, DD is undoubtedly a watch industry, a bright star, it helps many brands to achieve a complex function of the movement of the watch manufacturing, with a very high cost of rich In the high-end watch market category. Because the production of basic movement, DD companies are not subject to the core brand of core materials and technology monopoly pressure, and do not worry about the future market (most brands still need external technical support to launch complex watch), have to say DD may be present Live one of the easiest watch companies.