Roger Dubuis, who in 1995 opened a Manufacture that bore his name, has passed away at the age of 80. He leaves an extraordinary legacy in watchmaking, distinguished as much by an inimitable style as by groundbreaking mechanisms. We look back at an outstanding career.
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