Four French physicians with a passion for fine watches put their heads together with Swiss watchmakers to form Doplr (pronounced “doppler”), a Swiss-made watch with old school medical functionality from 1707. Doplr founder, Vincent, shares the story. Next delivery is scheduled for June 2018 and you can now order your Doplr Watch on the brand’s official site.
A 1707 design created by doctors
We wanted a watch which was useful in terms of our job, symbolically innovative with regard to the history of medicine, while at the same time being timeless and unique. That’s why we decided to reinvent the pulsometer watch: Doplr is born.
There exists an historical link between medicine and watchmaking. This watch existed 310 years ago! It was the first pulsometer watch invented by Dr. John Floyer, an English physician, to measure the pulse of patients. It was designed with London watchmaker Samuel Watson. Fascinated by this invention, we decided to create our own version for 2017. It took 15 months of development to create the watch, in collaboration with famous watchmakers and French designers. In December 2017, we sold the first 150 watches all over the world, that encouraged us to carry on.
Old school medical functionality: pulsometer and asthmometer
Just like John Floyer’s first pulsometer watch, our watch is equipped with a pulsometer on the dial which can be used to measure a patient’s pulse. While not revolutionary, this accessory is as useful for a doctor as a Breitling is for a pilot. How does it work?
To take the pulse of the patient all that is needed is to wait for the second hand to pass the 12 o’clock hour mark, and then you count 15 pulsations. At the 15th beat, simply read the number on the scale and you get the heart rate. We have also added an asthmometer, which allows for the measurement of the respiratory rate. As soon as the second hand passes 6 o’clock, you count five breaths. On the movement of the patient’s fifth breath, simply read the number on the scale and you will have the respiratory rate.
A real tool watch between modernity and tradition
The Doplr ‘Pulse-Watch’ combines tradition and modernity. It assembled by hand, in a prestigious Swiss workshop, in the heart of the country’s watchmaking valley. The automatic movement, an ETA 2824-2 with special decoration, is also “Swiss Made.”
It comes with a stainless steel and disinfectable 40mm case, is waterproof up to 100m, has a glass made from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and also has a waterproof patented and soap-resistant strap (sauna tested!). It is designed for medical intensive use and meant to last a lifetime. Finally, each watch is unique: as part of this limited edition the name of the owner is engraved on the inside. There will only be 300 Pulse-Watches priced at €1,450 for the first collection. The first 150 watches have already been sold. Doplr is also committed to charity: for every Doplr we sell, we donate the equivalent of 15 anti-cholera vaccinations, to Médecins Sans Frontières. In 2017, we donated €3,250, which equates to 1,950 cholera vaccines. doplr-watch.comSponsored Posts are a form of advertising that allows sponsors to share useful news, messages, and offers to aBlogtoWatch readers in a way traditional display advertising is often not best suited to. All Sponsored Posts are subject to editorial guidelines with the intent that they offer readers useful news, promotions, or stories. The viewpoints and opinions expressed in Sponsored Posts are those of the advertiser and not necessarily those of aBlogtoWatch or its writers.