< ROGER DUBUIS >
Fairly young, 15 years to be precise, Roger Dubuis has to its credit over thirty complicated movements. Hiren Kumar Bose
Roger Dubuis is considered a young brand in an industry where lineage goes back to three or four generations. And in some cases the beginning of the 19th century. However, that has not hindered this Geneva-based Manufacture from having over thirty ‘100% in-house movements’ in its catalogue. Thanks to what it calls “injecting its DNA with resolutely new and bold genetic codes”, Roger Dubuis is positioned at the cusp of haute horlogerie.
Founded in 1995 in favourable socio-economic conditions, the brand established its head office in 2001 in Meyrin, where two buildings housing ultra-modern industrial equipment were constructed for the Manufacture. In scarcely eleven years, the Manufacture has created over thirty complicated, sometimes even highly complicated, movements. While their technical characteristics require the most traditional horological savoir-faire, the production and manufacturing rely on cutting-edge expertise.
Manufacturing independence was achieved in 2003 with its own production of balance-and-spring regulating organs. In 2005, a second building served to regroup the 500 employees in a single 14,500 sq. mt. site. The 120 machines of its micromechanical engineering workshops produce the entire range of parts for the proprietary Roger Dubuis movements. This fully verticalised and state-of-the-art industrialisation brilliantly endorses the company’s status as an authentic Manufacture.
Roger Dubuis is the brand name of luxury watches and jewellery founded by Carlos Dias and Roger Dubuis. Dubuis, a talented watchmaker, founded his own atelier in 1980 after 14 years of developing complications for Patek Phillippe. He took commissions to design new complications for major brands for several years. Carlos Dias, a designer for Frank Muller, joined Dubuis to launch the brand.
Roger Dubuis was born in Geneva, and all of his watches, strongly associated with that culture, are submitted to the quality hallmark of the Poinçon de Genève as well as chronometer certifications. In August 2008, Richemont Group acquired 60 per cent interest in Roger Dubuis SA and soon thereafter Matthias Schuler took over as the CEO of the group.