DEPANCEL WATCHES

Depancel is a French watch brand founded in 2018 by Clément Meynier, a native of the Jura Mountains, near the Franco-Swiss border.

Before setting up his own watch brand, Clément Meynier had been working as an engineer at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva. Combining a passion for watch making skills with his mechanical knowledge, Clément Meynier set himself the admirable goal of making mechanical watches more accessible to a much wider public. This goal included not only improving upon the price, but also providing greater transparency and understanding about watch making.

By placing its community at the heart of the creative process, Depancel has broken with traditional watch making practices, instead designing products that meet their followers’ needs and expectations. Once developed and prototyped, the creations are submitted to the community before production is started.

DEPANCEL WATCHES
Depancel AUTO collection

The brand successfully conducted two Kickstarter crowd-funding campaigns: First one for the Depancel AUTO collection (2018) and the second one for the Depancel [Re]Naissance collection (2019). Presently, the brand sells these timepieces via their online store.

With e-commerce as the cornerstone of its economic model, Depancel has eliminated intermediaries and with them the multiplying factors that can lead to a sale price up to eight times higher than the cost of production.

DEPANCEL WATCHES
Depancel [Re]Naissance collection
The brand goes even further by opting for a pre-ordering system that allows it to produce fitting quantities, thus limiting storage costs, all while ensuring a more sustainable process. This model enables the brand to maintain unusually good value for money, as witnessed by the lifetime warranty for its products, while also continuing to make a tangible impact on local Franche-Comté craftsmanship.

Depancel timepieces draw their design inspiration from the legendary cars manufactured in France. Interestingly, the name Depancel is a contraction of Delage, Panhard and Facel Vega – the three celebrated icons of the motor car industry in France.

DEPANCEL WATCHES

With its logo inspired by the 1954 Facel Vega’s radiator grill, its dials resembling instrument panels and its leather straps with a look of drivers’ gloves, the tributes to iconic automobiles are varied in these mechanical watches.

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Website: https://www.depancel.com/

Depancel [Re]naissance 24H

This automatic timepiece pays tribute to an iconic car manufactured by the French luxury automobile and Racecar Company Delage.

Depancel Renaissance 24H Automatic watch

The [Re]naissance collection by French watch brand by Depancel is a befitting tribute to the Delage D8 120S car which made its first appearance at the 1936 Paris Motor Show.

Depancel Renaissance 24H Automatic watch

The watch comes with a polished, brushed stainless steel case that faithfully reproduces the lines of the prominent radiator grill on the legendary Coupé. The grooved dial takes this novel interpretation even further and highlights the display of four complications: day, month, date and 24H function.

Depancel Renaissance 24H Automatic watch

The watch houses an automatic Miyota 9120 movement with a power reserve of 40 hours. Featuring a custom decorated rotor, this movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.

Depancel Renaissance 24H Automatic watch

The 316L stainless steel case, which is inspired by the shape of Delage D8’s radiator grill, measures 37mm x 42mm and has a thickness of 12.8mm. The [Re]naissance 24H is available in Silvery steel, Gun metal, Pink gold PVD and Full black case versions. Each version is limited to 1936 pieces.

Depancel Renaissance 24H Automatic watch

The Delage D8 was an eight-cylinder luxury car with a top speed of 160 km/h, an amazing feat during those times. The legendary French car manufacture Delage was founded in 1905 by Louis Delage in Levallois-Perret near Paris. In 1935, the company was acquired by Delahaye, a Tours (France) based car manufacture founded by Émile Delahaye in 1894.

Due to the depressed economic conditions of post-war France, both car brands (Delage & Delahaye) ceased their operations in 1953.

In November 2019, after more than six decades, Les Amis de Delage (the association formed in 1956) and entrepreneur Laurent Tapie  jointly announced to re-launch this iconic car brand. The newly formed Delage Automobiles has also announced their plan to produce Delage D12, a brand new hybrid supercar to be manufactured in France.

Depancel Renaissance 24H Automatic watch

Technical details

Model: [Re]naissance 24H

Movement
Miyota 9120
Power reserve: 40 hours
Automatic winding with oscillating weight engraved and painted in France

Case
Stainless steel case
Dimensions: 37mm x 42mm
Thickness: 12.8mm
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100m (10 ATM)

Functions
Hour, minute and seconds
Day, date and month display
24H function

Price
€650

Depancel AUTO Collection

French watch brand Depancel creates timepieces inspired by the iconic cars, whose aesthetics and engineering still continue to amuse millions across the world. The Depancel AUTO is a collection of sporty automatic timepieces that combines elegance and performance.

Depancel AUTO collection

Available in two configurations – 24H & 3H – the Depancel AUTO takes its design inspiration from the legendary cars. The push button, timer and embossed goffering of the dial – all hark back to elements seen on the dashboards of vintage motor cars.

Depancel AUTO collection

The Depancel AUTO watch comes with a 40mm diameter and 12.8mm thick stainless steel case. The 24H version displays day, date, month and 24H function in addition to the basic hour, minute and seconds display.

Depancel AUTO collection

The 24H model is equipped with a Miyota 9120 self-winding movement. This 26 jewels movement beats at 28,800 vph and provides a power reserve of 40 hours. It is equipped with stop second device, automatic and hand winding functions and quick date setting.

Depancel AUTO collection

The Depancel AUTO 24H model features a multi-layer dial. For the basic time display, it has rectangular hour-marker indices, minute tracks, hour & minute hands and a central-seconds hand. Secondly, the watch also provides triple calendar display with the date window at 4.30 H, day with a sub-dial at 9H and month with a sub-dial at 3H. At 6H, there is a sub-dial for 24H. This watch features a crown at 3H for time and day-date setting. To set the month, it has a separate push-button at 2H.

Depancel AUTO collection

In comparison, the Depancel AUTO 3H model maintains a simple dial layout. Its features a date window at 3 o’ clock and three central hands for indicating hour, minute and seconds.

Depancel AUTO collection

The 3H model houses a Miyota 8215 self-winding movement. Beating at 21600 vph, this 21-jewels movement provides a power reserve of 42 hours. This movement also features quick date setting function. This movement can be energized by both automatic and hand winding methods.

Depancel AUTO collection

The baton-shaped hour & minute hands as well as the hour-marker indices of both 24H & 3H versions are embedded with Luminova. Both versions are fitted with sapphire crystal front glass with AR coating. The Depancel AUTO watch models also feature sapphire crystal case-back, which reveals the red, white and blue oscillating weight, decorated in France.

Depancel AUTO collection

Made from 316L surgical stainless steel, the watch case maintains a brushed finish. Both timepieces (24H & 3H) are available in silvery steel, black PVD and pink gold PVD case finishes. Lug width is 20mm. Each timepiece is fitted with a bull-leather strap by a manufacturing partner based in Besançon, France.

Depancel AUTO collection

Technical details

Model: AUTO 24H

Movement
Miyota 9120
Power reserve: 40 hours
Automatic winding with oscillating weight engraved and painted in France

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 12.8mm
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100m (10 ATM)

Functions
Hour, minute and seconds
Day, date and month display
24H function

Retail price
€585

Model: AUTO 3H

Movement
Miyota 8215
Power reserve: 42 hours
Automatic winding with oscillating weight engraved and painted in France

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 12.8mm
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100m (10 ATM)

Functions
Hour, minute and seconds
Date display

Retail price
€385