Hommage: a tribute to Fine Watchmaking
The Hommage collection was first launched in 1995 at the time of the company’s founding, as a distinctive means of paying homage to generations of watchmakers, as well as to the noble horological traditions they faithfully perpetuate. It is currently experiencing a sweeping revival fully unveiled with a 2014 range that cements its place at the heart of the Roger Dubuis universe.
Symbolically speaking, the Hommage collection represents the fifth element radiating throughout the brand range: Incredible Mechanics. It is the quintessence around which the four Roger Dubuis worlds of the Warrior, the Player, the Venturer and the Diva – which respectively inspire the Excalibur, La Monégasque, Pulsion and Velvet collections – naturally gravitate. The Hommage collection pays tribute to these Incredible Mechanics, to the expertise and the proud horological traditions governing Roger Dubuis.
The SIHH 2014 will witness the introduction of a stunning series of Hommage watches capturing the very essence of classical horology. They also encapsulate the spirit of the visionary watchmaker who founded the company and humbly wished to honour his horological forefathers and the art they uphold. “A watch has always been an emotional object for me”, explains Mr Roger Dubuis. “In my youth, I was fascinated by those luminous dials that made me dream. My watchmaking journey began with the steeple of my village church and walking past the clock on the tower. That is how I fell madly in love with horological mechanisms. Having founded the Manufacture Roger Dubuis in 1995, I decided I wanted to create a watch to thank my teachers, friends and all those who had helped me learn and perfect my art. The result was aptly named Hommage. What touches me about the new Hommage collection is that it is created by a new generation, while maintaining the same initial spirit of gratitude to our forebears.” A true perfectionist by nature, Mr Roger Dubuis scrutinises the new Hommage timepieces and unequivocally acknowledges: “they are indeed simply perfect”.
Revisited and reinterpreted in a neo-classical vein, the timepieces in the Hommage Collection regroup the entire genetic heritage of Roger Dubuis. Like the master-watchmaker who gave life to this collection, the latter is endowed not only with style but also with a powerful character. The Hommage collection tells a story: that of its founder, Mr Roger Dubuis. It offers a chance to discover the creative talent of the man who in 1995 embarked upon an adventure that is unique in the watchmaking world. It portrays an exceptional personality who instigated the policy of earning Poinçon de Genève certification for the entire Roger Dubuis production. It serves as the custodian of his spirit of innovation and his quest for reliability. Vividly embodying the master-watchmaker’s wealth of experience, inherited from all those who have preceded him and admirably perpetuated by the current generation at work within Roger Dubuis, this collection gives rise to creations that will make their mark on horological history.
The collection focuses on traditional Fine Watchmaking movements and on craftsmanship skills such as guilloché work, enamelling and mother-of-pearl. Featuring classic designs made in precious materials and frequently issued in limited editions, the models in the Hommage collection embody a blend of aesthetic refinement and traditional watchmaking codes. Dedicated to Fine Watchmaking enthusiasts in search of excellence, they all proudly bear Mr Roger Dubuis’ signature on the case-back.
Other stellar Roger Dubuis timepieces at the SIHH 2014 will include the titanium DLC version of the groundbreaking Excalibur Quatuor, as well as a dazzling Velvet Haute Joaillerie creation. Each of the timepieces embodies another facet of Roger Dubuis’ unswerving commitment to excellence, as vividly illustrated in its 100% Poinçon de Genève-certified production.
The SIHH is a pivotal event at the start of each year that provides a unique showcase in which Roger Dubuis delights in displaying both its latest creations and in revealing fresh facets of its richly complex and sophisticated nature. This year’s edition, dedicated to the Hommage collection, will bring another opportunity to step into a place beyond time pervaded by an infinitely timely theme – embodying exactly the kind of visual and conceptual paradox on which Roger Dubuis thrives!
The snailed chronograph counters at 6 and 9 o’clock, complemented by a sweep seconds hand, bear eloquent testimony to the enduring strength of traditional watchmaking as applied to the modern task of accurate timekeeping. The concave bezel juxtaposed with the high flange bearing applied five-minute markers extending the raised applied Roman numerals and subtly lowered centre, all combine to create a mesmerising impression of depth and multiple layers. The latter is in turn further emphasised by the audacious sunray guilloché dial motif – which itself echoes the radiating arrangement of the numerals and is picked up on the crown surface. Such intricately interwoven aesthetic elements admirably reflect the complexity of the movement within.
True to its custom of lending a contemporary touch to tradition, Roger Dubuis also plays with a blend of tone- on-tone and contrasting colours between the bezel, railway track flange and guilloché pattern, as well as the chronograph counters, markings and numerals. These design elements typical of classical watchmaking, yet reinterpreted in a contemporary manner expressing the unique Roger Dubuis vision of its art, are designed to facilitate reading the indications as well as to enhance visual appeal. The eminently virile character of this chronograph with its boldly rectangular chronograph pushers and decisively ridged crown is subtly softened by the warmth of the pink gold, the beautifully rounded curves and the delicately leaf-shaped counterweight on the sweep seconds hand.
Clasped firmly yet gently to the wrist by a brown genuine alligator leather strap secured by a pink gold pin buckle, the Hommage Chronograph in pink gold lives up to a proud heritage while propelling it firmly towards the future. Short-time measurement has seldom looked so good.
Hommage Chronograph in pink gold
- Case: Ø 42mm, pink gold - Mr Roger Dubuis signature engraved on the back
- Dial: Guilloché, Pink gold Roman numerals appliques, Snailed chronograph counters at 6 and 9 o’clock, Silver and charcoal grey background, Black and white transfers, Charcoal grey flange, White minute-circle, Poinçon de Genève, Swiss made inscriptions and Roger Dubuis logo transfers, Pink gold appliques
- Water resistance: 3 BAR (30 m)
- Strap: Brown strap, genuine alligator
- Clasp: Pink gold adjustable folding buckle
- Movement: Self-winding movement, RD680
- Production: No limitation
- Certification: Poinçon de Genève
Self-winding mechanical movement with micro-rotor, 13¾’’’, 42 jewels, finely adjusted in five positions, rhodium-plated, “Côtes de Genève” decoration.
- Specific features: Double-pusher column-wheel chronograph, central chronograph hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock, hours and minutes.
- Number of parts: 261
- Height: 6.30 mm
- Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
- Power-reserve: 52 hours