Tribute to Mr Roger Dubuis honouring the founding father
Wheels within wheels, a tribute within a set of tributes… In presenting this newly revived Hommage collection dedicated to watchmaking excellence, Roger Dubuis sensed that it was only natural and fitting to pay a special tribute to Mr Roger Dubuis himself, both as founder of the company and as the inventor and creator of the first Hommage model in 1995. The Hommage Tribute to Mr Roger Dubuis offers a dramatic new stage for the Manufacture’s creative flair in the field of watch movements. Its RD540 calibre powering a tourbillon, large date and power-reserve display is magnificently framed by a pink gold case and highlighted by subtle design details that reinterpret supremely classical design codes.
Mr Roger Dubuis, the founder and ‘soulmaker’ of the Manufacture, continues to play a key inspirational role and his exchanges with Gregory Bruttin and the other members of the R&D team are of crucial importance. This quintessentially elegant new timepiece represents a heart-felt personal tribute to the man who first introduced the collection in homage to his forebears and to his art.
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 this prestigious horological complication; a large date display for optimal readability; and an attractive power-reserve segment providing its ever-useful indication of the watch’s state of wind. The 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, 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 engraved on the caseband, while the maestro’s signature is engraved instead of the Roger Dubuis logo on the back of the case.
The Hommage Tribute to Mr Roger Dubuis is a token of profound respect for the watchmakers of yesteryear; for the ancestral skills of classical Fine Watchmaking; and for the Poinçon de Genève and its standards of excellence that Roger Dubuis is uniquely committed to upholding throughout its entire production. Above all else, this timepiece honours the founder who has remained a dedicated student of horology and continues to share his knowledge and wisdom with the current generation of watchmakers in the Manufacture bearing his name.