More than a Manufacture, Roger Dubuis, established in 1995, is a world of its own.
Beautiful mechanisms find their counterpart in baroque cases, conveyed in incredibly detailed, fantasy worlds. This is a world where exuberance rules and creativity reigns supreme. Roger Dubuis is an extravagant, rebellious, elegant brand, worthy of the finest in Haute Horlogerie, whose innovation is founded in respect for tradition and craftsmanship.
The story of Roger Dubuis is marked by dazzling success. The company was established in 1995 through a partnership between a talented master watchmaker – Roger Dubuis – and Carlos Dias, a brilliant designer.
From its very first year, the Manufacture introduced two collections, Sympathie and Hommage, that soon ignited the world of Fine Watchmaking by striking a fine balance between traditional watchmaking expertise and avant-garde design.
1999 TO 2003
Many collections are launched and immediately mark the spirits by their exuberance and originality: TooMuch, MuchMore, GoldenSquare and FollowMe. In 2001, Roger Dubuis began his Manufacture project in the commune of Meyrin.
The iconic Excalibur collection was launched, equipped with an exclusive Double Tourbillon movement. This was also the year that Roger Dubuis moved into its extended head office in Meyrin.
The brand presented six new movements at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, including three world-first showings. They equipped the latest models in the Excalibur line, one of Roger Dubuis’ flagship collections. These new calibres brought the number of the brand’s proprietary movements to 28, all hallmarked with the Poinçon de Genève (Geneva Seal).
These 28 movements were spotlighted in an exhibition staged at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. From the most simple to the most highly complicated, they illustrated the company’s extraordinary heritage.
In August, Roger Dubuis became part of the Richemont group. The KingSquare collection was launched.
In addition to the draconian standards of the Poinçon de Genève to which all Roger Dubuis movements conform, each calibre was now subjected to additional testing by recognised specialist laboratories. Henceforth, all Roger Dubuis movements were submitted to the COSC, the official Swiss chronometer testing institute, for certification, with the objective of attaining COSC certification for all its movements by 2012.
In October, Roger Dubuis feted its new La Monégasque collection in fabulous Monaco. More than 200 guests travelled from around the world to discover a collection which has become a glamorous fixture in the principality.
As a tribute to the Poinçon de Genève, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2011, Roger Dubuis presented a limited edition Excalibur Flying Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph. This model is a reminder that Roger Dubuis is the only watchmaker to stamp all its watches with the Poinçon de Genève, the hallmark of superlative manufacture
Roger Dubuis has been at the forefront of contemporary Fine Watchmaking since 1995. Its bold timepieces, all firmly anchored in the 21st century, bring with them the savoir-faire and expertise of the finest mechanisms. Rich in conceptual creativity and mechanical detail, the collections are inspired by four worlds: The Player (La Monégasque), the Warrior (Excalibur), and newcomers the Venturer (Pulsion) and the Diva (Velvet).
With its sights clearly trained on the future to create the watches of tomorrow today, Roger Dubuis inspires the senses. Each of its four worlds has its own distinct terrain, and is an inspiration for the collections.
The year of the Excalibur Excalibur Quatuor: the name chosen for the world’s first silicon watch incorporating four sprung balances. This exceptional achievement in the history of Fine Watchmaking is signed Roger Dubuis. This piece, played by four virtuosi and accompanied by five differentials, presents the ultimate challenge to gravity. The Excalibur Quatuor symbolises the mechanical magic of one of the most innovative Manufactures of the 21st century. It pushes the limits in terms of precision, and marks one of the major advances in contemporary watchmaking.