July 13, 2022
Hot on the heels of its now sold-out DM01, watch brand DUMOREAU releases its second watch, the aptly-named DM02. While that piece was an integrated sports watch with some unconventional case details, the DM02 takes a different approach. It uses a more traditional dress watch case shape but, like its predecessor, features intricate dials that take center stage.
Constructed from two pieces, the dials have a recessed center section with concentric circles. The dial (uninterrupted by a date aperture) features the simple brand name in a classic, yet contemporary font as its only text (other than the “Swiss Made” wording). A raised section above that with circular brushing uses large Arabic numerals to indicate the hours. Minutes are shown in five-minute intervals inside the blank spaces of a classic railroad-style minute track. All of this detail can be best observed in photos on the salmon dial variant, but black and white-silver versions are also available for those wanting something more restrained.
Leaf hands lend a classic look and provide excellent legibility. The second and minute hands extend all the way into the minute track, while the hour hand just touches the inner part of the large numerals. The hands are heat-blued on salmon and white-silver dials. Black-dial versions receive a gold “gilt” treatment on the dial printing as well as hands. The dial and hands together yield a cohesive design that should never go out of style. A thin bezel and sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides ensure that the dials will be uninterrupted by glare.
The brand’s thoughtful design did not end with the dial, though. Careful consideration was also given to make the case not only beautiful to look at, but also comfortable. At 39mm in diameter, 9.5mm-thick, and 46mm lug-to-lug, it will wear very well on most wrists. And despite its dressy looks, the DM02 still provides 100m of water resistance thanks to the push-pull crown and six screws securing the caseback. The high-polished case is intended to have an organic design, with compound curves that flow from the crystal, across twisted lugs, and to the caseback.
Flipping the watch over allows wearers to see their watch’s number in the limited series, as well as key specifications. Another sapphire crystal gives owners of the DM02 a view of the hand-wound Sellita SW210-1 that powers their timepiece. The lack of an automatic rotor means that there is a full view of bridges with Geneva stripes, a main plate with circular graining, plus snailed wheels and blue screws. It is adjusted to five positions with an accuracy of +/-7 sec/day. Nineteen jewels help it oscillate at precisely 28,800 vph, yielding 42 hours of power reserve.
All colorways of the DM02 come attached to an Italian handcrafted leather strap. The white/silver dial comes with a black Saffiano leather strap, making it the most formal option. The black dial, typically the most restrained colorway, comes with a golden-brown suede strap. This gives it a more casual look, making it the most versatile option. Finally, the trendy salmon dial features a calf-textured blue strap to tie it in with the blue hands and numerals. A polished and signed pin buckle complements the dynamic curves of the case on all models.
Although DUMOREAU is based in Huntington Beach, California, its mission is to offer an affordable Swiss-made piece with quality design and materials. The DM02 shows its commitment to achieving that with its well-proportioned dial and sculpted case design as well as high-quality leather straps. The influence of the brand’s founder, award-winning architect Carlo Aiello is clear in the thoughtful design of the brand’s latest timepiece, and 300 pieces total of the three DUMOREAU DM02 dial colors will be produced. It is available now for pre-order at a price of $975 with watches expected to ship in December 2022. You can learn more at the brand’s website.
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