Daniel Roth Tourbillon, Skeletonised, Platinum


This manually-wound, Daniel Roth Tourbillon combines the watchmaker's first complication, with a skeletonised dial and traditional hand-engraving. It is one of the earlier timepieces to have left the eponymous brand. Often considered a rite of passage for independent watchmakers looking to prove themselves, this Tourbillon certainly showcases Roth's horological ability and aesthetic refinement. Trained at Audemars Piguet and having played a significant role the resuscitation of Breguet, Roth offered a creative take on traditional, Breguet-inspired styling, of which this piece is an enduring testament.

The Story

In 1989, Daniel Roth decided to establish his own manufacture. One of the first truly independent watchmakers working under his own name, he created Breguet-inspired pieces, with a twist. He cemented aesthetic codes which are distinctively his own, from the double-ellipse case to the sharply executed pinstripe guilloché dials used on some of his models. Though his output was limited, it was plentiful in its diversity and inventiveness, from tourbillons to chronographs. Daniel Roth was one of the key brand names of independent watchmaking in the 1990s, alongside Franck MullerRoger Dubuis and Francois-Paul Journe, among others. In 2000, the company was sold to Bulgari, with the watchmaker no longer being involved from that point onwards.

A Collector's Guide to early Daniel Roth
Under his own name