Swiss watchmaker Roger Dubuis has revealed an entirely new collection using the Sympathie case that debuted in 1996 with La Monégasque.
Much as I admire the look and the concept behind Chronograph La Monégasque Big Number, I do wish Swiss watch manufactures would get over the idea of the Limited Edition. It’s an overworked marketing concept which is becoming rather tedious.
At least Roger Dubuis is starting to do this with Chronograph La Monégasque (without the big number) which will not have a limit set on its manufacture.
Both the Chronograph La Monégasque and Chronograph La Monégasque Big Number debuted at SIHH 2011 where the manufacture even had a fully functioning roulette table at their stand.
Meanwhile, to echo the current trend, the Big Number is produced as a limited edition of just 128 and it stands apart for its dial in the classic casino colours of black, red and green. Behind the roulette wheel dial lies the self-winding RD680 movement which has been designed, developed and produced by Manufacture Roger Dubuis.
The double-pusher column-wheel chronograph features a central chronograph hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, and small seconds at 9 o’clock. The movement, with 261 parts and 42 jewels, is 6.30mm thick and beats at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vph). The movement is adjusted in five positions and has received the Poinçon de Genève (Geneva Seal). It comes in a 44mm rose gold case highlighted by a black PVD-coated titanium bezel. The big number also applies to the price at around US$37,000.
Although steeped in Swiss watchmaking tradition at the very highest level, Roger Dubuis is a relatively new kid on the block having been founded in 1995 by former Patek Philippe watchmaker Roger Dubuis and former Franck Muller jeweller Carlos Dias. All of Roger Dubuis’ watches are submitted to the quality hallmark of the Poinçon de Genève as well as receiving chronometer certifications. Richemont has a 60% stake in the company.