Roger Dubuis is a significant unique assembling, with a particular methodology of watchmaking and a creation solely focused on ultra-hihg-end developments, on skeletonization and (unique truth in the business) with assortments altogether enhanced with the Hallmark of Geneva (Poinçon de Genève). We’ve seen absolutely insane pieces, as for instance the Pulsion Skeleton Flying Tourbillon or the Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon . In any case, for the 20th commemoration of the brand, there is a venture much more exceptional that the Manufacture just dispatched, the Hommage Millésime assortment, with the plan to update old pocket watch developments and to case them in modern timepieces.
The idea presented by Roger Dubuis is both uncommon (in any event when made by a major name of the business) and exceptionally intriguing. To celebrate its 20th commemoration (and watchmaking all in all), the just watchmaking Manufacture to be 100% Poinçon de Genève ensured is re-dispatching a unique reclamation project. A series of antique development spaces will be reestablished utilizing hereditary artworks and moved up to meet 21st century Poinçon de Genève details as a feature of an uncommon arrangement of restricted releases. Each watch will fuse a ceaseless schedule, either alone or accompanied by at least one of the other three most refined horological complications – minute repeater, tourbillon or chronograph. These models will be accessible solely from Roger Dubuis shops and deliberately identified with store openings. The first to be introduced is a unique, enormous and exceptionally complicated pocket watch that will praise the new store in Geneva (that just opened its entryways in July 2015).
This 60mm pocket watch includes no not exactly brief repeater, a twofold retrograde never-ending schedule and a chronograph. As all the future watches of this Hommage Millésime project, this unique pocket watch will be based on a calibre gifted by Mr Roger Dubuis himself that was restored utilizing the most legitimate imaginative artworks and methods. It comprises the RD181 type, a late 19th/mid 20th century ébauche (that all around included these 3 complications) yet that was restored, completed and re-collected utilizing classical methods however with the objective to pass the genuine necessities of the Poinçon de Genève – implying that the whole development needed to be reworked and wrapped up by hand. 2 years of advancement and 1.950 long periods of work (counting 700 hours of rebuilding just) were expected to complete this movement.
The show is more current and meets with a portion of the real watches of the brand. The never-ending schedule was adjusted to have 2 retrograde hands – one for the day of the week and one for the date – something suggestive of the principal unending schedules delivered by Roger Dubuis. The movement had a harmed mainplate, crown and strike wheel, all requiring genuine work including dismantling, embellishment and reassembly without harming them. Another adjustment concerns the chronograph switches that are currently formed like a 8, a fortunate number that shows up on the whole Roger Dubuis restricted versions. Discussing this complication, you’ll likewise note that we’re before a mono-pusher chronograph – that is activated by the pusher at 9.
The development might be reestablished from an antique ébauche, however the case and look are exceptionally current and spic and span. The 60mm case is made of 18k pink gold and highlights a curved bezel and differentiating glossy silk brushed/cleaned wraps up. It is appended to a solid gold chain (that the proprietor will actually want to customize, by replacing different connections with a progression of 5N pink gold plaques that might be engraved with messages). The dial here is part of the way opened, uncovering a few pieces of the unending schedule. A few completing procedures are applied, including heat-blue hands, a sunburst design on the gold never-ending schedule plate and guilochage on the month and the moon sub-dials. All the switches obvious (as the remainder of the development) are obviously carefully completed, with straight graining on the level surfaces and cleaned inclined points. The whole watch is affirmed by the Poinçon de Genève.
This first release for the Hommage Millésime project is an unadulterated portrayal of Roger Dubuis’ savior-faire and it shows the wish to once again introduce reclamation as one of the various abilities of a splendid production. This unique watch is displayed at the Roger Dubuis Boutique in Geneva and it is ready to move at 892.500 USD. We’re now inquisitive to perceive what will be the following editions.