Perpetuelle presents the highlights of the 2014 Roger Dubuis collection — a superb range of skeleton tourbillon models.
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Dubbing 2015 the “Year of the Astral Skeleton”, all of the new Roger Dubuis models are intricately skeletonized and immaculately finished, with a decidedly contemporary aesthetic. And not just the dials and calibers — Roger Dubuis has extended the skeleton work to the case components as well. The manufacture — which only makes pieces which meet the stringent standards to bear the Poinçon de Geneve (Geneva Seal) — has segmented its skeleton tourbillons into three distinct intrepretations this year: “technical” “automatic” and “creative”.
If you are wondering the significance of the”Astral” theme, Roger Dubuis replies as follows: “The short, philosophical answer is because the Manufacture has always been committed to reaching for the horological stars. The more technical reason is because this is the term that most aptly sums up the Roger Dubuis approach to skeleton movements. Stars and constellations are the ‘stellar’ (pun definitely intended) inspiration behind its work in this field, and it is high time for them to shine as brightly as they deserve.”
Roger Dubuis has already revealed its unique vision of high-end ladies’ creations through a number of highly distinctive jewellery models. They continue in 2015 with the Excalibur Brocéliande (Brocéliande, a reference to the mystical and legendary French Forest). As you may recall from SIHH 2013 and the Roger Dubuis World showcased on that occasion, the Excalibur range is inspired by the famous legend of King Arthur, filled with fairytale romance epitomised in the mysterious forest of Brocéliande. Drawing on these imaginary narratives the designers and movement development engineers of the Manufacture Roger Dubuis have collaborated with gem-setting experts in creating a poetic trilogy of creations based on the ivy leaf theme. The first, seen here, is unveiled at the SIHH 2015.
SIHH 2015…60 baguette-cut diamonds totalling ~2 carats in a rubber bezel…
This variation on the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon has an interesting feature: a diamond-set rubber bezel. Sounds bit strange, but Roger Dubuis, in the bold and audacious style, seems to have pulled it off quite well. One can imaging the sheer physical difficulties implied in actually setting the gems on an elastic material such as rubber, and indeed this had never yet been successfully accomplished until now.
SIHH 2015…it begins…
Having already shown you the spectacular Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon and Excalibur Automatic Skeleton in advance of the show, we officially kick-off SIHH 2015 with another Roger Dubuis piece, the Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon. Talk about bringing the “A-game” to the table, Roger Dubuis has just a few models this year but they are impressive.