Following its dramatic stage entrance with a first model introduced at the SIHH 2016, Velvet Ribbon once again shines in the spotlight with two elegant and timeless new creations. They complete a supremely sophisticated trilogy that exquisitely embodies this particular facet of the Roger Dubuis woman.
In this “Year of the Velvet Diva”, the Manufacture is exploring five key facets of the a natural-born Roger Dubuis diva who can be alternately sophisticated, feline, conquering, visionary, magnetic and visionary – or indeed all at once. This unique vision of the diverse aspects characterising the contemporary femme fatale and inspirational muse is powerfully channelled through the Velvet collection.
For the “jeweller of rare artistic timepieces”, Velvet represents an opportunity to showcase twin fields of expertise fully mastered by Roger Dubuis: mechanical high-end horology and stunningly creative jewellery-making. These charismatic models are distinguished by voluptuous trompe l’oeil cases combining tonneau (barrel) and circular shapes, along with split-level dials creating fascinating depth effects and distinctive ornamental central lugs.
Amping up the glamour
Velvet Ribbon takes things to the next level by combining the uncompromising standards epitomised by Poinçon de Genève certification with an undeniable talent for design as well as gemsetting excellence. These dressy and superbly glamorous models have a unique sparkle to match that of the refined and discerning women who will adopt them. The two new creations completing the trilogy are issued in limited editions playing with the Roger Dubuis lucky number 8 and admirably confirming the ongoing challenge set – and risen to – by the Manufacture: Dare to be Rare.
Looping the loop
The new Velvet Ribbon wristworn timepiece is every inch the dainty diva with its 385 gemstones totalling approx. 8.67 carats. Its 36 mm white gold case and decorative lugs fully paved with baguette-cut diamonds create a pleasing contrast with the brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the inner bezel ring and ribbons. The latter are tied into delicate bows looping through the famous Velvet central lugs framing the white gold appliques at 12 and 6 o’clock. These signature ornamental motifs shine with particular brilliance against the smooth black satin-finish fabric strap. Even the adjustable white gold folding clasp is set with brilliant-cut diamonds, symbolising Roger Dubuis’ enduring commitment to quality and brilliance in every detail. The shimmering mother-of-pearl dial is eminently legible with its typically Velvet large converging Roman numerals, soberly and accurately keeping time to the tune of its RD821 self- winding mechanical calibre featuring Poinçon de Genève finishes. Issued in a limited edition of 88, this Velvet Ribbon epitomises the exclusive and sophisticated nature of the Roger Dubuis woman.
Not content with adorning the wrist of the sophisticated diva, Roger Dubuis also graces her neckline with a ravishing pearl sautoir necklace. This stunning Velvet Ribbon jewellery piece also offers a fine example of Haute Horlogerie as envisioned by the Manufacture: an ideal blend of competence, creativity and craftsmanship.
It takes the ribbon concept to its ultimate conclusion by making time literally dangle as a pendant from the end of a flowing strand of immaculate Akoya pearls, interspersed with the lustrous glow of onyx beads.While the signature ribbon bow at 12 o’clock gently enclasps the pearl necklace,the symmetrically opposite second ornamental lug holds a darkly gleaming tassel. Its 19 streaming rows of 266 onyx beads tipped by Akoya pearls create a mirror-image white on black effect complementing the black on white theme of the main necklace.
On this model, the baguette-cut diamonds paving the white gold case and decorative lug also cover the entire dial. Free of any numerals so as to give pride of place to the splendid gemsetting, this scintillating face of time also admirably highlights the Velvet ‘barrel in a circle’ theme. In tune with the subtle retro charm of this Velvet Ribbon, the RD801 calibre is a mechanical hand-wound movement, naturally endowed with Poinçon de Genève finishing. Only eight examples of this creation are to emerge from the Roger Dubuis workshops and each will in fact be unique because of the nature of the gems themselves, as well as the individual fine workmanship involved in setting them.
Dancing with destiny
These two brand-new ultra-glamorous Velvet Ribbon creations will be unveiled at the not- to-be-missed Roger Dubuis event staged in Shanghai on October 20th 2016. They will set a glittering culminating touch to the year by showcasing its impressive range of Haute Joaillerie and Haute Horlogerie skills through these refined tributes to sophisticated femininity. Alongside these twin launches, the event will turn the spotlight firmly on Roger Dubuis’ iconic Excalibur collection.
Case:White gold case and decor fully paved with baguette-cut diamonds, ribbon and flange set with brilliant-cut diamonds Diameter: Ø36 mm Thickness: 9.22 mm
Dial: Fully paved with baguette-cut diamonds, black metallization Roger Dubuis inscription Necklace: 24 Onyx pearls and 73 white pearls Akoya Tassel: 266 Onyx pearls and 19 white pearls Akoya, dome set with brilliant-cut diamonds N° of diamonds: 918 diamonds, 290 Onyx pearls, 92 Akoya pearls Carats: 21 carats approx. Water Resistance: 3 BAR (30 m)
Case: White gold case and decor fully paved with baguette-cut diamonds, ribbon and flange set with brilliant-cut diamonds Diameter: Ø36 mm Thickness: 8.77 mm
Dial: Mother-of-pearl dial, white roman numerals transfers, white gold appliques at 6 and 12 o’clock, black transfers Roger Dubuis and Poinçon de Genève inscriptions N° of diamonds: 385 diamonds (341 on the case and 44 on the buckle) Carats: 8.67 carats approx. (8.45 on the case and 0.22 on the buckle) Water Resistance: 3 BAR (30 m)
Strap: Black satin-finish fabric strap Clasp: White gold adjustable folding clasp set with brilliant-cut diamonds