SIHH 2012: Roger Dubuis Pulsion collection
The big news for Roger Dubuis at the Salon International de la Haute Horology (SIHH 2012) show was the launch of the all new Pulsion collection. The collection consists of a skeletonized flying tourbillon and three openworked chronographs.
All Roger Dubuis timepieces feature immaculately hand finished in-house Geneva Seal movements. In fact, the Pulsion and all 2012 introductions meet the new Geneva Seal requirements. This means that not just the aesthetics of the timepiece will be held to the highest standard, but also the accuracy of the timepiece. And unlike the COSC-certification, the movement must be fully cased up before being tested. This makes it harder to pass (even though the rate variance is slightly higher), however, this is more realistic and therefore a welcome addition.
All the Pulsion cases measure 44 millimeters in diameter, a departure from the larger 46 mm cases that Roger Dubuis is most known for. The chronographs are available in: 18k pink gold, titanium or black titanium, respectively. The skeleton timepiece is available only in titanium.
The chronographs are powered by caliber RD680, a 100% in-house movement which features a column-wheel and vertical clutch. The RD680 is a self-winding mechanical movement with a monoblock micro-rotor. The movement runs at 28,800 vph (4Hz), has 42 jewels, 261 parts and a power reserve of 52-hours. Water-resistance is 100 meters.
The skeleton tourbillon is powered by caliber RD505SQ, a 100% in-house movement that is manually wound and runs at 21,600 (3Hz), has 19 jewels, 165 parts, and a power reserve of 60-hours. Water-resistance is 100 meters.
All pieces come with a rubber strap and folding buckle.
Retail $35,000 (black titanium), $45,000 (black/pink gold), $135,000 (skeleton tourbillon)