The Manufacture Roger Dubuis reinterprets the codes of classicism by launching a strikingly handsome chronograph that stands out boldly within a highly competitive field. The Hommage chronograph model available in pink or white gold versions is powered by the incredible RD680 movement with micro-rotor – a signature of the Manufacture Roger Dubuis movement expertise dedicated to ensuring excellent performance and optimising manufacturing processes.
The snailed chronograph counters at 3 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. The eminently virile character of this chronograph with its boldly rectangular chronograph pushers and decisively ridged crown is subtly softened by the beautifully rounded curves and the delicately leaf-shaped counterweight on the sweep seconds hand.
Signature of Mr Roger Dubuis, the founder of the Geneva based manufacture is visible on the sapphire crystal fitted in the exhibition case-back. The distinctive shapes of bridges, springs and levers are all distinctive features of Roger Dubuis movements, and the 261 parts are individually hand-finished to the standards of uncompromising excellence demanded by the Poinçon de Genève.
Clasped firmly yet gently to the wrist by a brown genuine alligator leather strap secured by a pink gold pin buckle for the pink gold version, or an identical black strap with white gold buckle for the white gold variation, the Hommage Chronograph lives up to a proud heritage while propelling its elffirmly towards the future.
Hommage chronographs and automatic models share similarly 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.
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.