Roger Dubuis is a relatively young maker in the scheme of Swiss watchmaking, having debuted in 1995, an attribute that certainly informs its ever-innovative design spirit. Channeling this distinctive mindset once more, the brand introduced its Monovortex Split-Seconds Chronograph at this year’s Watches and Wonders exhibition. The development of the timepiece included a complex reinterpretation of the tourbillon and oscillating mass, each contributing to the creation of an optimized split-seconds chronograph. With a daring red colorway and characteristic skeletonized dial, the watch represents both the ethos and mechanical capabilities of the brand.
The exterior of the watch is a substantial 47mm case made from a “hyper-tech mineral composite fiber.” The material is developed by Roger Dubuis, boasting lightness in comparison to both ceramic and carbon, making it well-suited for everyday use, even despite its diameter. Creating a dramatic appearance, the material sports a crimson hue that is complemented by pink gold, black and grey-coated titanium, and carbon case side details. The already minimalist pushers and winding bail are discreetly hidden along the side of the case, giving it a compact and sleek appearance. On the reverse, an exhibition caseback displays the technological feats of the manufacture.
With a dynamic skeletonized dial, the layout reflects the movement underneath it. Positioned at 9 o’clock is the Conical Monovortex Tourbillon, while the Turborotor Cylindrical Oscillating Weight is situated at 12 o’clock. There is a rotating minute counter at 3 o’clock that assumes an unusual “isotoxal” shape. The minutes and hours track on the periphery is straightforward, with white tick marks and minimal, pink gold hour markers.
The heart of the watch is the caliber RD114, which reintroduces the split-seconds chronograph complication to the Roger Dubuis lineup. Part of what makes this watch so significant for Roger Dubuis is that the manufacture invested years of research and trial on developing a tourbillon that resists gravity from every position on the wearer’s wrist. The Conical Monovortex Tourbillon has a 360 degree trajectory that counteracts the effects of gravity from every angle.
Pricing for the Roger Dubuis Monovortex Split-Seconds Chronograph is available upon request.
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