When shopping for a watch, many of us will praise the Swiss products, but if you want to be different, you might want to go the French way! Taking advantage of this opportunity, the French manufacture Reparalux created its own brand: Humbert-Droz.
Reparalux was established by Marcel Humbert-Droz in Besançon, the heart of French watchmaking, 60 years ago. The core business of the company lies in repairing and assembling watches for prestigious watchmakers. Today, three generations work in the business, and they have created their first watch, the HD1. The latest has been totally created in Besançon, by great-grandson Julien, graduated from Métiers d’Arts and manager of the workshop since 2013.
With a diameter of 41mm, bold numerals, large hands and an oversized crown protection, it is a substantial watch. It also features a date aperture at 4:30 and, in addition, the visibility at night is ensured through the Concerning the dial, Humbert-Droz offers three possibilities: Matt Black, Midnight Blue or Carbon black. You can match up these colors either with a French-made leather strap in blue or black or with a rubber strap.
The case, which is crafted from brushed and polished 316L stainless steel, is equipped with a mineral glass and allows you to see the Swiss Made ETA 2824 movement at the back. The self-winding caliber, with the “Limited Edition” engraved on the rotor, has a 40 hours power reserve.
The HD1, of which only 200 pieces will be made, is sold on the internet for US$435, and it is delivered in a beautiful wood box with a rubber strap and a nine years warranty certificate. Two additional models are also under development, the HD2 for women, and the HD3. Each one will be limited to 200 units and powered by a French movement France Ebauche 56111. A Quartz version, limited to 400 pieces, will also be put on sale. This will turn Humbert-Droz into a full-fledged brand, with a French soul!
You can find more information about the Humber-Droz here