Wildly modern, almost mythical in their use of powerful lines and symbols, Roger Dubuis watches are sought after by the most demanding connoisseurs of haute horlogerie. From the legendary Excalibur family to the high jewellery of the Velvet line, these are luxury watches made by one of the all-time greats of the trade.
It isn’t often that a modern luxury watchmaker gets an exhibition dedicated to its movements - but that’s exactly what happened to Roger Dubuis. In 2007, when the brand was just 12 years old, its first 28 movements were collected and displayed by the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. Chronographs with micro-rotors, tourbillons, date and power reserve indicators, skeletonised flying tourbillons, quadruple sprung balances - all Roger Dubuis calibres are endorsed by the prestigious Poincon de Geneve, and all show the brand’s technical and imaginative brilliance.
But it is not just the inner workings that define Roger Dubuis’ mastery. Signature case styles, spectacular dials - these are the elements of a Roger Dubuis timepiece, and they take the art of horological design further than it has ever gone before.
Nowhere is this audacity more evident than in ‘Knights of the Round Table’ - Roger Dubuis’ fantastical homage to his ultimate inspiration. The original Round Table watch features an enamelled dial, which faithfully reproduces a replica Henry VIII had made in the 16th century. The Round Table II replaces this green-and-gold enamelling with a spectacular rendering of a fantasy court table in black jade. Both watches incorporate handcrafted statuettes of Arthur’s knights in place of numbers - each with his own distinctive armouring and physical features.
The 12 knights extend their swords across the table in a gesture of fealty: the blade of each one becomes an hour marker. Beneath their feet, the flagstones of a cobbled floor are rendered in satinated white gold.
Roger Dubuis luxury watches are unmistakeable: powerful, technical, novel. The instantly-recognisable three-pronged tourbillon cage and the deep, round caseback identify the piece on the wrist of the wearer. This is the only lineage of luxury timepieces in the world to uniformly carry the Poincon de Geneve, and its attention to detail shows in every brushed stroke of the polished calibre, every tick of the sweeping second hand. From the legendary Quatuor movement, with its four tilted spring balances, to a minute repeater that takes more than 1,200 hours to complete, every watch that leaves Roger Dubuis’ manufactory in Meyrin is guaranteed to express the highest possible standards of craftsmanship.