Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Debaufre: Come Fly with Me

One of the best kept secrets regarding watches is the small Swiss firm Debaufre. Sure, you may on occasion see their advertisements pop up in watch magazines but for the most part unless you frequent one of the several online watch forums, there is a good chance you haven't heard about them.

Owners, and admirers alike love them and consistently rave about the product that comes out of their Switzerland headquarters. They are reported to produce very well constructed pieces, with prices that won't make you reconsider signing a new mortgage on your house. Everything from their presentation boxes to their customer service gets praise all across the interwebs. A good portion of their line are automatics, currently using ETA movements, with a few quartz models thrown in to reach out to the more thrifty consumer. The one thing that their models have in common is a tendency to be bold in their designs...Most of these watches aren't for the faint of heart, or those of you with shy personalities.

When browsing their catalog you notice that Debaufre pulls a lot of inspiration from flight, and aircraft, as many brands do. So it was no surprise when they announced the latest model the Nav-B GMT. This flieger style pilot's watch is the latest in their popular Nav-B watch, which was in limited production and sold out quickly.

From their website:
The 44-mm GMT Nav-B timepiece with a Swiss ETA 2893-2 automatic movement, sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating, black dial with blued hands and a solid engraved case-back. The markers are coated with Super-Luminova illuminating paint to shine at night offering certainty in the hour at hand and the metal bracelet contours securely to your wrist, held together with surgical-grade screws, providing peace of mind. Driving at the heart is the famous ETA 2893-2 Swiss automatic movement sweeping the seconds hand around the dial and progressing the minutes with Swiss accuracy.

Debaufre is quietly becoming a force to reckon with in the Swiss watch industry. If you are interested in picking one of their pieces up, there is no need to pile into the car and head down to your local shopping area...You won't find them there. Debaufre only sells via their official sales website, From what I hear you will not be disappointed.

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