Introducing: Roger Dubuis Announces The Hommage Millésime Pocket Watches, A Series Of One Of A Kind Timepieces
Roger Dubuis himself is a watchmaker who started his expert life working in the rebuilding of uncommon and frequently extremely complicated vintage timekeepers and watches, and reclamation stays a critical part of his general views on the craft of watchmaking. There are, additionally, the company’s connections to the Genevan watchmaking custom – most strikingly to the way that it remains today the only watchmaking house whose whole creation gets the Geneva Seal (otherwise called the Geneva Hallmark). This will as per Roger Dubuis’ declaration be reflected in making each completed Hommage Millésime watch adjust to the requirements of the Geneva Seal.
The first Hommage Millésime depends on a ébauche that incorporates brief repeater, never-ending schedule, and chronograph, which has been altered by Roger Dubuis to align it with Geneva Seal requirements. The watch is being introduced in a 60 mm pink-gold case, and by and large required 1,800 hours of work, with nearly 700 exhausted simply on reclamation of the development. Changes to the base ébauche include the expansion of two retrograde showcases for the ceaseless schedule, and on the development side, the chronograph coupling switch has been re-intended to be looking like an adapted number 8, which is something of a famous number for the brand.
The piece shown is Hommage Millésime no. 1 and the development has been assigned Caliber RD181; it’s a 20 ligne development running in 28 jewels with 558 sections which generally are done to within an inch of their lives. It’s positively not for everybody – 60 mm of pink gold high complication never is – however in the event that you are such an individual whose sweet spot is no limits, sumptuous high complications old fashioned, this is likely definitely suited to your tastes. Now the solitary conceivable proviso here is that this is both reclamation, and adjustment and there are a few – in fact very few – truly bad-to-the-bone admirers of antiquarian horology who take an amazingly moderate point of view on developments of this age and relative significance, and who will may be slanted to take a gander at such a venture suspiciously. However there are two focuses to remember: initially, these are ébauches, not completed watches, and would have been additionally adjusted to make them eventual outcomes anyway; and besides, in making these watches the developments are being offered, as it were, a chance to live that they would not otherwise have had.
Update, Friday 6/26: The assessed cost of this watch is $892,500, and it is right now available.
Case: 60 mm, pink gold, Mr. Roger Dubuis’ particular hand engraved working on it back.
Thickness: 22 mm
Dial: Sapphire crystal. Pink gold counters enriched with guilloché wraps up. Lapis lazuli moon stages with pink gold moon. Retrograde date at 12 o’clock. Small seconds at 3 o’clock. Retrograde days of the week at 6 o’clock. Months and years at 9 o’clock.
Strap: Pink gold chain.
Clasp: Pink gold buckle.
Caliber: Mechanical hand-winding development, RD181.
Production: 1 piece for the kickoff of the Geneva boutique.
Certification: Poinçon de Genève.
RD181 Caliber: Minute repeater, never-ending schedule bi-retrograde and chronograph
Functions: Retrograde day through opening at 6 o’clock. Month and year through aperture at 9 o’clock.
Retrograde date through opening at 12 o’clock Astronomical moon at 3 o’clock. Small seconds at 3 o’clock. Strikes hours, quarters and minutes on interest utilizing slide at 3 o’clock.
Start, stop, and reset for the chronograph at 9 o’clock. Moon corrector at 2 o’clock. Day corrector at 4 o’clock. Date corrector at 8 o’clock.
Month and year corrector at 10 o’clock.
Decorations: Rhodium-plated, ”Côtes de Genève” decoration, ”Poinçon de Genève” finishes, Special etching for the Poinçon de Genève
Number of parts: 558 components
Thickness: 12.20 mm
Frequency: 2.5Hz (18,800 vph)