Watches: Roger Dubuis Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon Hand-Made Guilloché Collection (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on February 15, 2014

Since its creation, Roger Dubuis has always shaken up the codes of the muted world of Haute Horology. Never short of inspiration, the brand follows its own path and provides unique contemporary creations while always respecting tradition and the highest standards of watchmaking.

The focus this year was on the Hommage collection, created by Mr Roger Dubuis himself back in 1995, that best exemplifies the perfect blend of classical watchmaking and innovative decorative skills that have made this manufacture famous.

With constant inputs from Mr Roger Dubuis and the help of all his colleagues, Gregory Bruttin, Research & Development and Watchmaking Director, worked hard to deliver the magnificent ten new creations that the brand proudly exhibited at Palexpo on an absolutely stunning stand.

Roger Dubuis’s stand at SIHH 2014

Every single model reveals the brand’s constant concern for inner and outer beauty and I will probably discuss them all on Watch-Agora but, for now, our attention goes to what is set to be one of the most sought-after pieces of 2014, the Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon Hand-Made Guilloché.

It is hard to decide where to begin the presentation with such an impressive timepiece! Each and every detail is worth commenting… Let us then start with what is common to all the timepieces of this revamped Hommage line: the shape of the case.

The codes of the original Hommage design have been subtly updated: the traditional long slender lugs are slightly more bevelled than before, the case band received a satin brushing, and the polished concave bezel is paired with a prominent ridged crown. All the elements combine to create a refined yet modern frame for the brand’s outstanding movements.

Beautiful as this 45 mm case may be, your eyes will be immediately drawn to the sensational dial of the Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon Hand-Made Guilloché. It is actually its absence and the striking sunburst guillloché applied directly to the movement’s mainplate that will leave you mesmerised.

The age-old art of guilloché remains today one of the most prestigious decorative techniques associated with high-end traditional watchmaking. The hollowed guilloché work on this model, however, represents a resolutely modern take on this traditional craft and offers an impressive sense of depth. Rhodium-plated with a charcoal grey flange it is enhanced by the pink gold Roman numerals applied directly to the front of the movement. The radiating layout of the numerals and the converging lines of the sunburst guilloché make for a classic signature feature of Roger Dubuis timepieces.

On the lower part of the dial, lie the two flying tourbillons of the manually-wound RD100 calibre. Composed of 452 parts, this in-house movement meets the stringent criteria of the prestigious Geneva Hallmark, like all of Roger Dubuis’s production.

The brand also offers a baguette-set version of this exceptional timepiece as well as a white gold model with white gold charcoal grey Roman numerals instead of the pink gold ones to create a startling monochromatic effect.

Lastly, the brand introduced a limited edition variant of its Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon with a pink gold movement, the RD102 calibre. It features the same hand-made guilloché work as the previous model but this time carved out of the pink gold mainplate. Presented in a pink gold case, this version also features charcoal grey Roman numerals to bring a little contrasting note to the otherwise pink tone.

Perhaps to attest that these astonishing timepieces meet the demanding standards and keen aesthetic sense of Mr Roger Dubuis, the signature of this exceptional watchmaker has been metallised on the sapphire crystal of the exhibition case back.

By any standards, though, these timepieces can be considered outstanding and they should satisfy the most demanding (and rich) collectors. Here are some additional pictures we took during our Geneva trip. Enjoy and come back for our additional coverage of Roger Dubuis’s fantastic year!