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One of the earlier pieces created by Roger Dubuis after starting his brand, in 1996, this Sympathie Chronograph S34 features a rose-gold case and white-lacquer dial. The movement was regulated by Dubuis himself and is chronometer graded.
The unique silhouette of the Sympathie series was used across several of the watchmaker’s earliest pieces, from his chronographs to his perpetual calendars. According to Roger Dubuis, the basic form of the Sympathie was suggested by a respected casemaker in the Vallée de Joux and was only later refined by Dubuis and Carlos Dias. Traditionally, it is understood that each variant of the Sympathie series was limited to 28 pieces. This example appears to be a particularly early example, with its movement having passed the Geneva Seal accreditation in 1996, and it having been subsequently sold in 1999.
Perhaps more than any other, the Sympathie design speaks to this forward-thinking approach. Neither round nor square, the Sympathie case design balances the two different shapes, complemented by a stepped bezel and curved, elongated lugs. In an industry where case shapes generally follow quite a narrow blueprint – either round, rectangular or square – the brand put forward a genuinely innovative design. Additionally, the dial is very restrained and classic, combining a rose-gold case with a white-lacquer face. The layout is that of a two-register chronograph, with rose gold indices.
The watch is powered by the Cal. RD 56 – based on the Lemania 2310 – bearing the Seal of Geneva. The movement was originally developed in 1942 in a partnership between Lemania and Omega, and the resulting movement was later known as the calibre 321, which powered the first watch to go to the moon. The movement bears the Seal of Geneva and was regulated by Roger Dubuis himself. Furthermore, as indicated by the “Bulletin d'Observatoire” signature on the dial, this movement was tested for accuracy at the Besançon Observatory, setting far more exacting standards than a test from the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC).
If sold within the United Kingdom, this Roger Dubuis Sympathie Chronograph S34 56 5 will be subject to 20% VAT.
Sympathie Chronograph S34 56 5
Calibre RD 56
Chronograph function, hours, minutes, seconds
34mm x 34mm
Sapphire front and back
Grey leather strap, Roger Dubuis alligator strap, rose gold deployante buckle
Box & papers:
Outer box, inner wooden box, additional caseback, Geneva Seal hangtag, leather folio, Geneva Seal Certificate of Origin, Roger Dubuis Certificate, Besançon Observatory Certificate, manual
This Roger Dubuis Sympathie Chronograph S34 is in very good condition overall, with a few superficial marks throughout consistent with minimal wear.
The watch comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man, alongside a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
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Roger Dubuis started his career at Longines in the late 1950s, where he spent close to a decade in the after-sales department, repairing and caring for the brand’s watches, including their prestigious chronographs. Shortly thereafter, he integrated Patek Philippe’s complications department, where he has the opportunity to work on gongs, minute repeaters and perpetual calendars, among others. His time there coincided with the production of some of the manufacture’s most sought-after, complicated models – from the ref. 2499 to the ref. 3448 – which Dubuis himself had the opportunity to work on.
Dubuis’ enthusiasm for watchmaking was such that, when he had finished working a full day at the atelier, he would go home and work on repairing watches for private clients, auction houses and dealers around Geneva. In the 1980s, he left Patek Philippe to establish his own workshop, dedicating himself fully to the restoration of pieces from the past. In 1995, following a partnership with businessman Carlos Dias, he would establish his own eponymous brand.
The first Roger Dubuis watches were acclaimed by collectors because they channelled the traditional Geneva watchmaking that Patek Philippe embodied, while having more stylistic flair. Dubuis’ attempt to rival Patek Philippe was obvious in some of his choices, from seeking the Geneva Seal for his movements to designing deployant buckles. In particular, the Hommage watches, as the name suggests, were designed as a homage to the great watchmakers of old, according to Dubuis. In 2003, after only eight years, Roger Dubuis himself left his brand. Though his output in the earliest days of the brand was limited, the design and quality of the pieces he produced have stood the test of time.
“In the three years I’ve been at Sotheby’s, I don’t think we’ve had one come through our doors. They are mainly changing hands privately, as there are just so few on the market.'