The origin of Roger Dubuis
The first Roger Dubuis watches were acclaimed by collectors, because they channelled the traditional Geneva watchmaking that Patek Philippe personified, while having more stylistic flair. The Hommage watches, as the name suggests, were designed as a homage to the great watchmakers of old, according to Mr Dubuis. As SJX himself recounts,
"Roger Dubuis watches were, back then, a fusion of gorgeously finished ideas taken from the heyday of Swiss watchmaking."
It is understood that for each variant in the series, there were no more than 28 made. However, far fewer examples of the Monopoussoir have been seen. Each was chronometer-graded, with a certificate from the Besançon Observatory. One of the earlier pieces created by the legendary watchmaker, after establishing his own brand in 1995, examples such as this Monpoussoir are becoming increasingly collectible.
The dial design is that of a two-register chronograph, with a matte black dial and polished white gold details, including applied Breguet numerals. The polished surfaces and white printing contrasts well against the dark texture of the dial, placed beneath an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The feuilles hands are white, matching the central seconds hand and minute counter hand.
The case is very distinct with its polished, stepped concave bezel and polished lugs. The three-piece construction giving the watch a larger presence on the wrist than the 40 mm case would normally suggest.
Powered by the Cal. RD 65 (based on the Lemania 2310 - much like the Patek Philippe 5070), the watch bears the Seal of Geneva and was regulated by Roger Dubuis himself. At the time of production, it was mainly Patek Philippe movements that carried the Seal of Geneva, hence why Mr Dubuis felt it was crucial to have the same hallmark.
The complexity of the movement is revealed through an engraved sapphire case-back, featuring a 21 jewel, straight-line lever escapement, a monometallic balance adjusted to 5 positions, a self-compensating Breguet spring and swan-neck micrometer regulator.
This Roger Dubuis Monopoussoir H40 655 in white gold is accompanied by its original box, papers, Besançon Chronometer Certificate, additional solid caseback and hangtags.
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