Roger Dubuis is a relatively young manufacturer in the Swiss watchmaking industry, launching in 1995, a feature that certainly demonstrates its innovative design spirit. Pushing this particular mindset once again, the brand introduced the Monovortex Split-Seconds Chronograph at this year’s Watches and Wonders show. The development of the watch included a complex reinterpretation of the tourbillon and the oscillating mass, each contributing to the creation of an optimized split-seconds chronograph. With its bold red color scheme and signature skeletonized dial, this watch embodies both the brand’s character and its mechanical capabilities.

On the outside of the watch is a substantial 47mm case made from “ultra-tech mineral composite fibers”. This material, developed by Roger Dubuis, is light compared to both ceramic and carbon, making it well suited for everyday use, even despite its diameter. Creating a striking appearance, the material comes in a deep red color complemented by rose gold, black and gray coated titanium, and carbon case side details. The already minimalist push buttons and winding bezel are discreetly hidden along the edge of the case, giving it a compact and sleek look. On the back, the display back displays the technological achievements of the manufacturer.

With a dynamically skeletonized dial, the composition reflects the movement beneath it. Positioned at 9 o’clock is the Conical Monovortex Tourbillon, while the Turborotor Cylindrical Oscillating Weight is located at 12 o’clock. There is a rotating minute counter at 3 o’clock that has an unusual “isosteric” shape. The minute and hour markers on the periphery are simple, with white ticks and minimal rose gold hour markers.

The heart of the watch is the caliber RD114, which reintroduces the split-seconds chronograph feature to the Roger Dubuis range. Part of what makes this watch so important to Roger Dubuis is that the manufacturer invested years of research and testing into developing a tourbillon that defies gravity from any position on the wearer’s wrist. The Conical Monovortex Tourbillon has a 360-degree trajectory that resists the effects of gravity from all angles.

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