New Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic – Live From Watches & Wonders
Let’s just say one thing here – Roger Dubuis came prepared for this year’s Watches & Wonders. Everything, from the way they designed and decorated their booth and entrance, and to this year’s novelties is not just nice, but really extraordinary. You don’t see anything quite like it around the fair, so the brand really stood out to us. And so did the new watch – the Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic.
Yep, the name is self-explanatory, you don’t need to be a genius to understand that the timepiece has a tourbillon and a minute repeater in it. Nevertheless I don’t think that it does the watch justice – as when you see it you realise it’s actually much more than just a time instrument – it’s a story. Just like other pieces from the Hommage collcetion, which premiered in the last 2 years it seems like the watch has a soul inside of this perfectly hand-polished round casing and behind that guilloché crispy dial. And no wonder – it takes over 1000 hours to manufacture one of these beauties, and a large portion of this time goes to finishing, polishing and checking every little detail manually. So as a result not only do you get a watch that proudly carries the ‘Geneva Seal’, but also brings out emotion every time you glance at it.
Now if we get a bit less romantic and a bit more technical the watch is still nothing less than a piece of mechanical art. In-house all new caliber RD104, housing a tourbillon (between 5 and 6 o’clock), a minute repeater, activated by the lever on the casing at 8 o’clock with gongs that can be seen from the caseback, and 2(!) automatic micro rotors. No, they don’t serve any purpose other than winding the watch, and yes, it looks awesome when there are 2 of them Some could say that it’s not very smart as it would block the view of the movement, but if you take a close look at the back you’ll see that the space is mostly occupied by the baseplate, and the best view on the movement is actually from the front (dial) side!
Speaking of the dial – it is by far my favourite one from Roger Dubuis. The depth of the layers, the partial skeletonization, the rose gold colour scheme but at the same time easily readable hours and minutes. Easily readable because the movement is housed in a 45 mm rose gold casing, which as I might add, wears nicely on the wrist nevertheless There will be only 20 of these pieces produced for a price of 380’000 CHF, and I hope that whether you’re here to find out more about your next purchase or just curious about the new piece you had a good time reading the post and enjoyed the photos of this model!
Photography by James N Cole for WatchAnish.com