The Velvet collection by Maison Roger Dubuis is an anthem of praise to voluptuously feminine charm, an expression of discreet yet genuine luxury enhanced with a dash of daring spirit. The confident elegance of the dazzling Velvet creations vividly conveys the intrinsically passionate nature of the Diva spirit pervading the entire collection. The recurrent boldness apparent in Roger Dubuis models and indeed in its entire approach to watchmaking is an indication of the Geneva watchmaker’s determination to remain attuned to the tastes and desires of its most demanding clients – many of whom are of course women.
The Velvet collection is a brilliant demonstration of this audacity, proving that a line may be synonymous with elegance and luxury together with a delightfully subtle feeling of misbehaving typical of the Diva. Its powerful, distinctive creations draw all eyes to their exceptional charisma and bring a new energy to watchmaking.
The Velvet collection owes its special aura partly to its original design. With their graphic split-level dials creating a depth effect, elongated Roman numeral appliques converging towards the centre, finely decorated lugs that allow the bracelet to flow naturally from the 36 mm case, the timepieces playfully revisit the Roger Dubuis codes with a new sophistication. The trompe l’oeil case design, midway between a circle and a “tonneau” or barrel shape, accentuates an audacious style, while countless precious touches caress the sensual curves of the collection.
|Velvet Haute Joaillerie With Emeralds|
Inside these infinitely seductive timepieces radiating a blend of virtuosity and poetry beats a strong mechanical heart. With its commitment to maximising reliability, Roger Dubuis has fitted this line with a latest-generation calibre, the mechanical self-winding RD821 movement – designed, developed and perfected in-house according to the purest traditions of watchmaking. Decorated with “Côtes de Genève” it comprises 172 components, runs at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz) and has a 48-hour power reserve. Like the entire Roger Dubuis production, each watch in the Velvet collection is stamped with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève. The Velvet Collection is a true icon of glamour that brings a blend of mystery and elegance to the watchmaking scene.
This year, based on a 36 mm white gold Haute Joaillerie model initially introduced with highlight cushion-cut diamonds, the Manufacture Roger Dubuis introduces a range of hand-crafted timepieces with the finest jewellery traditions. These exceptional timepieces are adorned with 367 diamonds totalling approximately 11.26 cts: baguette cut on the dial, case-band, lugs, décor and folding buckle, and brilliant-cut on the flange, and stand out by two cut-to-measure precious stones of around 0.50 cts each.
|Velvet Haute Joaillerie With Rubies|
The client will then be able to choose her precious stones – such as deep red rubies, intense blue, pink or yellow sapphires or mysterious emeralds – so as to match her personality and her taste. Each stone is carefully selected by the Manufacture Roger Dubuis gemmology experts based upon very strict criteria of cut, clarity, colour and origin, making these timepieces even more unique and exclusive.
Even the finest stones can only release their full fire if they are quite literally set to their best advantage so as to magnify each individual gem. Showcasing the jewellery expertise cultivated by the Roger Dubuis artisans, the Velvet – Haute Joaillerie timepieces feature three main traditional methods of hand setting. The claw-setting around the cushion-cut gemstones features prongs fashioned by a goldsmith enabling the stones to stand out prominently above the rest of the piece.
|Velvet Haute Joaillerie With Pink Sapphires|
The baguette-cut diamonds are delicately set on the case and the folding clasp of the bracelet by the gemsetter using the taper-setting technique and in keeping with very strict tolerances so as to preserve the smooth curves of the timepiece while enhancing the pure, straight lines of the stones. The invisible setting used on the dial and on the case-band is one of the most complicated and exclusive hand-setting methods, in which the stones are set tightly together so that none of the gold is visible, thereby endowing the timepiece with a unique sparkling radiance.
These models are gently clasped to the wrist by a genuine Haute-Couture textured-satin strap lending an even more exclusive and refined touch. Since a genuine satin strap is by nature delicate and fragile, each also comes with an additional genuine alligator strap enabling clients to wear their timepiece on a daily basis.
|Velvet Haute Joaillerie With Blue Sapphires|
Through these exquisitely glamorous new models with its steadily beating mechanical heart, each Diva may express her unique style signature by opting for a white or pink gold timepiece enhanced in innumerable different ways. Every request for the personalised setting of the bezel, dial, décor, case-band and even the crown will be attentively examined with due respect, consideration… and admiration.
Available exclusively through Roger Dubuis Boutiques, this enticing opportunity to give free rein to personal imagination and inspiration will provide women with the peerless sense of individuality that comes from wearing a unique embodiment of bespoke craftsmanship executed by exceptionally talented artisans.