Tonneau shaped watches carry their own allure and personality. However, watches with this particular design are very expensive. For example, the price of such luxurious timepieces made by Richard Mille, Hublot, Franck Muller, etc start at around £20,000 GBP and range into the £ millions. In the market, you will come across homage pieces of several iconic Tonneau shaped timepieces, but they all seem to compromise on quality and end up looking and feeling like a cheap copy.
Now, the UK based watch brand PAUL DUPUIS revisits the Tonneau shaped watch category to create a modern sports timepiece without compromising quality at the same time as maintaining an accessible price range. Introducing in 2020, the DMS 001 by PAUL DUPUIS is the world’s first all Damascus steel sports watch.
The Paul Dupuis brand was founded by Paul Hayes, the owner of PHD Creative Ltd, a design agency that has been designing watches and practical products for many years. The Paul Dupuis watches are created from the finest grade materials, powered by customised Swiss automatic movements and assembled in the UK to deliver the ultimate in performance, reliability and design.
The DMS|001 watch by Paul Dupuis is made with a custom forged Damascus steel case. Stronger than regular steel, this custom forged Damascus Steel case from Japan is scratch resistant & extremely durable with a unique matte and high polish finish.
The Paul Dupuis DMS|001 watch is presently available in three versions: Rose Gold Damascus Steel, Silver Damascus Steel and Gunmetal Black Damascus Steel. The skilfully designed three-piece, screw-down tonneau case featuring a screw-down crown provides 100 M water resistance.
Hand Assembled in Britain, each DMS|001 watch houses a customised Swiss ETA 2824 Movement. Known for its reliability, this self-winding movement delivers a power reserve of 40 hours approximately. For the safety of the mechanical movement, the watch also incorporates a unique custom designed carbon fibre protection & stabilising layer that can be seen through the back of the watch.
DMS|001 watch features three sapphire crystal screens – front, back & as the dial. This unique design allows the wearer to appreciate the views of mechanical movement subtly through the dial whilst not obscuring the face. The hands are coated with Swiss Super-LumiNova to ensure full visibility of the time, even when it is dark.
The DMS|001 comes with a custom moulded luxury silicon strap that seamlessly flows into the curvature of the case. It is secured by screws located on the side of the case. These high-grade silicone straps measuring 125 mm X 85 mm are extremely soft and comfortable on the wrist, whilst being very durable. It has a cut away section under the strap to help with breathability against the wrist as it is designed for an active lifestyle. There will be numerous colour and finish options available for each case colour. The buckle is Damascus steel and will match the colour of the watch case selected.
There will only ever be 500 pieces of each model within the DMS|001 range for this project. Each piece will be numbered on the unique plaque located on the watch face and come with a certificate of authenticity.
Each watch comes with an electronic winding display case. Each watch winder has 4 rotating settings and an auto stop feature when the case is opened. The case is finished in high-gloss piano black and features the Paul Dupuis logo. The internal cushion is also embossed with the same logo.
On 15 September 2020, Paul Dupuis launched a Kickstarter online crowd-funding campaign for promoting their debut watch collection. The campaign will be active until 15 October 2020. By supporting this campaign, the customers can avail a special discount price for each DMS|001 watch. Delivery of the watches planned in December 2020.
The recommended retail price of each DMS|001 watch will be £999 GBP but now on Kickstarter this timepiece is available for a limited price starting at £650 GBP.
Please visit Paul Dupuis DMS|001 watch Kickstarter Campaign for more details.
Model: Paul Dupuis DMS|001
DMS|001 ROSE GOLD
DMS|001 GUNMETAL BLACK
Custom forged Damascus steel case with PVD coating
Screw Down crown
Sapphire crystal glass and case-back
Dimensions: 41.5mm X 50.5mm X 13mm
100M water resistance
Sapphire crystal dial
Swiss Super-LumiNova hands
Customised Swiss ETA 2824 movement
Unique carbon fibre movement protection support plate that can be seen through the back
Power reserve: 40 hours
Each piece is limited edition (500 pieces)
Each watch comes with its own watch winder
Custom Silicon strap
Damascus Steel Buckle
- Proposed retail price: £999
- Kickstarter special price: £650
Update 16 Oct 2015
The campaign successfully raised £79,117 and concluded on 15 Oct 2020.