Keen observers of the Manufacture Roger Dubuis continue to marvel at its enduring ability to combine time honoured craftsmanship with state-of-the-art watchmaking expertise interpreted in a variety of exciting and edgy ways.
The Hommage Automatic models powerfully sum up this proven capacity to simultaneously reassure and surprise watch lovers with a combination of traditional and modern elements. Their unique conception is based on the RD620 self-winding calibre, beating at a steady 28,800 vibrations per hour and representing a new generation of Roger Dubuis movements.
Naturally designed, developed and manufactured in-house in keeping with the stringent demands of the Poinçon de Genève, this self-winding movement features characteristically shaped bridges, springs and levers, as well as the signature Roger Dubuis micro-rotor. The uncompromising excellence of its individually hand-finished components make it entirely worthy to bear the Mr Roger Dubuis’ signature metallised on the sapphire crystal pane fitted in to its elegant 42 mm case-back.
Moreover, as one has come to expect from the Manufacture, the dial features a daring and instantly recognisable design combining a distinctive sunray guilloché motif seamlessly intermingling with the applied radiating Roman numerals. As is often the case on the face of Roger Dubuis timepieces, a subtle play on tone-on-tone effects and colour contrasts lends additional character and depth to these handsome models. Pink or white gold versions bear charcoal grey Roman numerals, a snailed small seconds counter at 9 o’clock featuring a silver and charcoal grey background with black and white transfers; and a charcoal grey flange with respectively white or pink gold appliques and a white minute-circle. An even more precious pink gold interpretation features a bezel set with sparkling F-G or Top Wesselton brilliant-cut diamonds of IF-VVS clarity.
Like other models from the Hommage collection, the automatic models also boast appealing guilloché dials. Guilloché is a traditional decorative technique based on an exquisitely repetitive motif that is often regarded as a symbol of fine watchmaking. As one has come to expect from Roger Dubuis, it is given an inimitable design twist calling for exceptional workmanship typical of the concern for details characterising the Manufacture. As delicate as they are precise and exuding an aura of technical sophistication and aesthetic charm, these dials are extremely complex to create and take between 20 to 50 minutes to be entirely engraved with this pattern.