SIHH 2011: La Monégasque by Roger Dubuis
January 21, 2011
The Richemont Group's contemporary haute horology brand Roger Dubuis (which was purchased in 2008) has recently implemented a number of changes within their product lines, although, aside from evolutionary changes to the designs and movements, for the most part, the core collections have stayed mostly the same. For SIHH 2011, they did, however, bring one completely new timepiece collection to market, the La Monégasque Chonrograph. I actually had a chance to preview the case design of this new model during a recent tour of the Roger Dubuis factory, but previewing the actual timepiece is obviously more preferable, as you can actually see what it will look like, as opposed merely seeing an empty plastic case. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the finished version of this new timepiece, as it is more appealing than I had imagined it would be.
The new cushion case -- combined with a robust Roger Dubuis RD680 in-house column-wheel chronograph caliber, that has both the Geneva Seal and COSC certification (they are currently the only brand to offer both certifications) -- makes for a very appealing timepiece. The Geneva Seal guarantees the consumer is buying a movement finished to the highest industry standards, by hand. And the COSC (chronometer certification) guarantees that the movement is very accurate (5+/- seconds per day, or better). The dial is very clean, and fits very well with contemporary Roger Dubuis styling. This model is unique, and over time should become a very distinguishable model within the Roger Dubuis collection. It is available is gold or steel, and production is not limited.
Press Release Roger Dubuis
"The collection La Monégasque by Roger Dubuis stands out for the flowing line of its case whose round dial stretches the contours of the bezel to produce a uniquely distinctive form. Audacity and excellence underlie this new collection which incorporates only exceptional mechanical movements that have been designed, developed and produced by Manufacture Roger Dubuis.
The Chronograph La Monégasque brings sporting elegance to the collection. The stylish line of its case alongside its fascinating mechanism are in every way characteristic of the pursuit of excellence which for fifteen years has prevailed at Manufacture Roger Dubuis. The Chronograph La Monégasque is proposed in a 44mm diameter case in rose gold. The dial, which contrasts a rhodium-plated satin sunburst centre with a rhodium-plated circular satin exterior, incorporates a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock and small seconds at 9 o'clock in the grand tradition of chronographs.
The Chronograph La Monégasque is driven by the new self-winding mechanical RD680 movement. Designed, developed and produced by Manufacture Roger Dubuis, the RD680 chronograph calibre represents the new generation of mechanical movements at Roger Dubuis, matching beauty with performance and building on cutting-edge production technology. This self-winding column-wheel chronograph movement with micro-rotor, characteristic of Roger Dubuis, has a 48-hour power reserve and a frequency of 4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour). Incorporating the signature features of Roger Dubuis movements, such as the shape of the bridges, springs and levers, this new Fine Watch movement will give rise to a new family of calibres that fully respect the aesthetic of the brand and the exacting standards of the Poinçon de Genève. This rhodium-plated and decorated RD680 self-winding chronograph calibre comprises 261 components and provides hour and minute functions, small seconds at 9 o'clock, a central chronograph hand, and 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o'clock.
The Chronograph La Monégasque is presented on a genuine alligator strap with a pink gold pin buckle. Its case is water-resistant to 5 bar (50 metres)."
Source: Roger Dubuis