Roger Dubuis is known for pushing the boundaries of watchmaking and creating breakthrough designs like the double flying tourbillion escapements and skeletonised main plates. This year, it reveals a softer side by casting the limelight on women and focusing on the Diva Collection. Characterised by their barrel shaped cases, triple lugs, oversized Roman numerals and self-winding movements (RD821), these feminine watches embolden the female character, without losing the brand’s audacious edge.
With a bold carbon case punctuated by exotic Paraiba tourmalines, the Black Velvet Paraiba watch is an edgy timepiece for women. The blue satin straps that are secured together by a DLC-titanium folding clasp match the 66 extremely rare Paraiba tourmalines surrounding the bezel. Roger Dubuis has patented a gem setting technique that allows it to be the first to set gemstones on the carbon main frames of a watch. This beauty is available in only 88 pieces.
The Blossom Velvet, available in blue or pink each in 88 pieces only, and also offered as a trio of unique variants, feature dials blooming with Grand Feu enamel wild flowers. Each of the 36-mm white gold cases is rimmed with two rows of brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the bezel and lugs, transforming the Velvet’s classic central “third lug” into a precious link.
Combining both brawn and beauty is the Velvet Secret Heart, featuring a blue sunburst dial in a white gold case with a diamond set bezel. Arabic and Roman numerals showing the date and time respectively line the dial while the double retrograde jumping-date mechanism traces the passage of time. This is offered in a limited series of 8 exclusive pieces.
Teaming up with the couture shoemaker, Massaro, Velvet by Massaro features a golden leather strap with a single pleat down the centre, an iconic look of Massaro’s designs. It is available at a limited edition run of 88 pieces.
At the height of opulence is the Velvet Ribbon that comes festooned with over 53ct of diamonds. It features a 38.5-mm platinum case and inner bezel ring fully paved with emerald and baguette-cut diamonds. The lugs are replaced with one central lug that is adorned with a 1-ct gem at each end. This is truly a feat of high jewellery expertise as it showcases a wealth of traditional gem-setting techniques such as invisible, tapered, claw, Clou de Paris, bead and bezel settings.