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D.Dornblüth & Sohn – 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial (About Timepieces Exclusive Piece) Review

Nov 22, 2020D. Dornblüth & Sohn, Exclusive

 

The moment we have been waiting for – the first Limited Edition piece exclusively available through About Timepieces.

D.Dornblüth & Sohn have come through with this green beauty and we are really excited to present it to the world.

We first introduced D.Dornblüth & Sohn to our readers earlier in 2020, when we featured a hands on review of one of their few limited edition pieces, the Quintus 2010 Jubilar, a 20th Anniversary release from the brand based in Kalbe, Germany.

Based on their Caliber 99.1 Medium, this edition is presented in an exclusive colour and materials configuration, to provide a very exclusive piece of which only 5 will be made and is only available through ourselves.  

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial

Face & case

The case is 40mm and mainly in brushed stainless steel, however also has some polished edges which provides contrast of light reflection between the angled surfaces.  

Under the 1.6mm sapphire crystal, sits a green ceramic dial, which has a light circular grain to it, delivering a sunburst effect under certain lights.  The dial also appears to have a darker green matt finish in other lighting conditions.

An engraved and white filled chemin de fer circles the dial, the 5 minute markers being larger than the other minutes.  There are 11 oversized polished steel numerals (for hours) sitting on the dial, the only one missing being 6, which makes room for the recessed subsidiary small seconds dial. 

The sub dial also has a similar chemin de fer right to the edge of it’s perimeter, this time with each 10 seconds is a white numeral up to 60, the alternating 5 second marker is an elongated line from the outer marker making seconds easy to read should you need to be precise.  The sub dial has a diagonal grain on the it, catching the light in contrast to the main dial’s circular grain.

Look closely, and just above the sub-dial you will see a subtle non-filled engraving of “Limited Edition” followed by the number of the piece.

The dial is very simple but purposeful – the only other things to note are the brand’s logo across the dial between 10 and 3, as well as MADE IN GERMANY tucked into the tiny gap at the very bottom at 6 o’clock. 

Classic, polished steel hands indicate hours and minutes, with the amazingly thin small seconds hand being in the same finish.

The crown is a handy size and has good grip for turning, provided by the deep ridges.  The brand’s name is embossed on the end of the crown. 

Turn the piece over and you will immediately see the passion that has gone into creating the movement. 

The three quarter plate has been rhodinized with a grained finish, with yellow gold hand engravings of the manufacturer’s name, company serial number and the Limited Edition number of the piece.  The crown wheels have a double sunburst finish on them and as well as the heat blued screws, you will also notice the intricate engraving on the balance cock.

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial Case Back

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial Case Back

Movement

Powered by the in house built Calibre 99.1M, the hand wound movement is only 4.4 mm high; featuring 20 rubies and beating at 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour.

Functions indicated are hours, minutes and the eccentric sub second display; which is indirectly driven below the gear train by means of an intermediate gear, with friction spring and cantilevered second pinion.

Owners should expect a power reserve of around 50 hours (+/-5%) once fully wound.

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial Side & Crown

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial Side & Crown

Strap

The strap is in green ostrich leather, which is a perfect colour and tone match to the dial colour, with contrasting grey/silver stitching.  The lining is in a classic cream leather and embossed with the brand’s logo.

Fastened with a brushed stainless steel pin buckle, D.DORNBLUTH is engraved across the width.

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial Strap & Buckle

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial Strap & Buckle

Other stuff

Whilst D.Dornblüth & Sohn is a traditional family atelier, there is definitely some modern, forward thinking going on behind closed doors.  The brand were clearly inspired when the concept of an exclusive Limited Edition piece for About Timepieces was suggested and were actually the first brand to offer support to our new shop concept with this green ceramic dial version of the 99.1M.

There was a bit of back and forth on strap materials and colours; and ultimately ended up with what you see here today.

D.Dornblüth & Sohn are not specifically known for Limited Editions, so it really is an honour to have been working with them on this project.

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial On the Wrist

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial On the Wrist

Our verdict

It’s almost a given that we were going to be biased on this one, but the brand have outdone themselves.  Yes, we were involved from concept stage, but there wasn’t actually much input required at our end, as it kind of just worked as initially presented.

The green looks great against the steel and the simple classic look makes a bit of a statement with the bold colour choice.

At 40mm, it’s the perfect size for me and sits very well on the wrist.  The lugs curve around the wrist perfectly and the ostrich leather strap is very supple, adding to comfort.  There is very little weight to the watch (only 70 grams), so unlike many others, I almost forget there is a watch on my wrist.

The piece is only 10mm thick, so no fighting with cuffs, although I’m sure there would be no complaints if it was left on show.

The movement is beautiful and a real pleasure to look at too; craftsmanship in abundance, I find myself taking a moment to admire it before and after putting it on.

With only 5 pieces being made in this configuration and at a very reasonable price of £7,250 (inc taxes), the window of opportunity is likely to be small with this one – as I write this, there are only 4 left.

Although a pleasure to look at in any light, if there was any negative point I could make, is that I don’t live in a very sunny climate – the dial really does come alive under direct sunlight!

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Available to purchase exclusively from us while stocks last – VIEW HERE – Unfortunately this piece has sold out, however, if you are looking for a similar (or completely different) bespoke creation by D. Dornblueth, please do get in touch and we would be happy to help you bring it to life!

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial in the Sunlight

D.Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1M Green Ceramic Dial in the Sunlight

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