The Genevese watchmaker Roger Dubuis will be presenting its new Hommage Chronograph timekeeper at the soon to be held SIHH 2014 exhibition in Geneva. It is a true representative of the Hommage collection that introduces classically styled watches. New chronograph will be equipped with proprietary RD680 movement which features an automatic winding system with a micro-rotor, as well as a column-wheel chronograph complication. The Geneva seal certified movement is fitted into a mid-sized red gold housing. As the first unofficial reports indicate, the watch will be sold at around $52,000.
The Hommage series is one of two original collections which were introduced after Roger Dubuis was established as the brand. Initially it was envisioned as the line that, as its name suggests, represents homage to the successful watchmakers and brands of the past. Nowadays, this line serves more as a tribute to Roger Dubuis himself who eventually left the leading position of the firm more than a decade ago. Nowadays, the man after whom the brand was named serves as the ambassador and an advisor. As some reports indicate, the Hommage collection will be expanded with several new models. For now, the only previewed novelty from the series is exactly Hommage Chronograph model.
In-House Caliber RD680
Roger Dubuis Hommage Chronograph is based around RD680 in-house movement which is already present in eight of the existing timekeepers that are currently included in the brand’s palette of products. The caliber integrates 42 jewels and 261 components in total. Regarding the dimensions of the movement, they are the diameter of 13 3 lignes and the thickness of 6.3 mm. Its reduced thickness is enabled with the addition of a tungsten micro-rotor to its self-winding system. This likewise enables a better view of its column-wheel chronograph complication which is coupled with a semi-instant 30-minutes chrono indication. It should likewise be said that the richly finished movement with the Geneva seal as the supreme certification of the quality beats at the frequency of 28,800 vph and has a power reserve which lasts for around 52 hours.
Red Gold and Guilloched Silver
The newcomer by Roger Dubuis which will be premiered at the SIHH 2014 is placed in a slim 18 K red gold housing with mirror polish and satin finishes. Its diameter measures to 42 mm. The case likewise includes a knurled crown and chrono pushers in the same material. Both front and back of the case include sapphire crystals, while the back likewise bears the signature of Roger Dubuis, as it is the common practice for the timekeepers from the series. It has a silver dial with a radiating guilloche motif and it possesses applied large Roman numerals in red gold. The same material used for the appliqués is used for spindle-shaped hour and minute hands. Its dial with a black flange likewise includes two subsidiary chrono counters decorated with circular graining patterns. These are placed at the usual places when watches that run on RD680 are concerned: while a 30-minute counter resides at the three o’clock position, a small seconds sub-dial is at the nine o’clock place. As it has been said, it is expected that Roger Dubuis Hommage Chronograph will be sold for around $52,400.