The for its eccentric styles well-known Geneva based brand Roger Dubuis reflects more on classical values this year. This is a little taster of what we can expect…
The Hommage Tribute to Mr. Roger Dubuis is inspired by a particularly sophisticated model the founder launched in 2003 and features the same combination of functions: the flying tourbillon, the most sophisticated and fascinating variation of the device designed to combat the effects of gravity and enhance movement regularity; a large date display for optimal readability; and a power-reserve segment providing its ever-useful indication of the watch’s state of wind.
The RD 540 movement with its 293 hand-finished components called for a full 750 hours of manufacturing, of which 220 are dedicated to meeting the strict demands of the Poinçon de Genève (= Geneva Hallmark), followed by four weeks of equally stringent controls. As a sign of respect for the distinguished career of Mr. Roger Dubuis that began by training at the Geneva Watchmaking School, this vintage-style timepiece with a modern twist is issued in a limited edition of 208 – a specific reference to his student registration number during his time within the venerable institution. Its limitation number proudly appears on the case band.
Roger Dubuis pursues its self-appointed task of reinterpreting the codes of classicism with a strikingly handsome chronograph that stands out boldly within a highly competitive field. Among the range of additional horological functions, the chronograph falls firmly in the category of so-called “useful complications” and is currently more popular than ever in an age dedicated to the cult of performance and sporting accomplishments.
This pink gold chronograph model is powered by the RD680 movement with micro-rotor – a signature of the Manufacture Roger Dubuis movement expertise dedicated to ensuring excellent performance and optimizing manufacturing processes. The back of the case is engraved with the signature of Mr. Roger Dubuis. The distinctive shapes of bridges, springs and levers are all distinctive features of Roger Dubuis movements, and the 261 parts are all individually hand-finished to the standards of uncompromising excellence demanded by the Poinçon de Genève.
Excalibur Quatuor is the name chosen for the world’s first timepiece incorporating four sprung balances. This exceptional achievement in the history of Fine Watchmaking, signed Roger Dubuis, is a piece played by four virtuosi, accompanied by five differentials and presenting the ultimate challenge to gravity. The Excalibur Quatuor symbolizes the mechanical magic of one of the most innovative Manufactures of the 21st century. After an initial spring 2013 introduction in pink gold and silicon versions (please discover the 2013 watches HERE ), the SIHH 2014 will showcase the Excalibur Quatuor in a brand-new full titanium black DLC interpretation.
The Roger Dubuis Velvet collection owes its special aura partly to the original design. With highly graphic dials in relief on two levels, elongated Roman numerals, and symbolic attachments that allow the bracelet to flow naturally from the 36 mm case, the timepieces playfully revisit the Roger Dubuis codes with a new sophistication. A round/barrel-shaped trompe l’oeil case together with charismatic power creates an audacious style. Precious touches caress the curves, another strong point of the collection. Behind its inspiring design, its precious materials and the vibrant spirit it radiates, beats a strong mechanical heart.
With its commitment to maximizing reliability, Roger Dubuis has fitted this line with a latest-generation calibre, the RD821 mechanical movement with automatic winding. Designed, developed and perfected in-house, it has been produced according to the purest traditions of watchmaking. Decorated with “Côtes de Genève” it comprises 172 hand-finished components, runs at a frequency of 28.800 A/h (= 4 Hz) and has a 48-hour power reserve. To complete its demanding approach, Roger Dubuis submits its movements and timepieces to a leading independent control authority. As a result, every model in the Velvet collection is stamped with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève.