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.
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 Velvet Ribbon jewellery piece also offers an 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.