DuBois et fils
DuBois et fils
DuBois et fils can trace its origins to 1720, when Moise DuBois assumed control of his father’s textile company. Later, Moise began trading in pocket watches and, thereafter, opened his own watch factory in Le Locle (1751). Ultimately, Moise was succeeded by his children, Philippe and Isabeau. In 1785, when Philippe’s son joined the firm, it was renamed, ‘Philippe DuBois & Fils’. Over the ensuing years, the brand enjoyed much commercial success with offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Le Locle. Sadly, the firm disappeared from view in the 1950s and lay dormant for over half a century.
In 2010, Thomas Steinemann bought the brand, its vast archive of historical documents and watches and the firm’s original 18th century factory. Two years later, Steinemann raised capital using crowdfunding, selling shares to small private investors. At the time, crowdfunding was still in its infancy, especially in the field of watchmaking. After the initial share sale, many of the original investors went on to buy additional shares.
Today’s DuBois et fils models encompass elaborate dials, intricate case details and sumptuous straps. The brand’s early timepieces featured ETA movements, however, in recent years, the Swiss firm has favoured vintage movements, appreciating their period charm. These historical calibres include the Record 662 and, most recently, the Felsa 4007N, often called the ‘Bidynator’. Prior to using a vintage movement, it is unpacked, inspected, disassembled, cleaned, lubricated and checked. Furthermore, the buyer can enjoy peace of mind knowing the DBF006 is supplied with a 5-year guarantee.