ROGER DUBUIS – QUATUOR COBALT MICROMELT®
The Meyrin-based manufacturer unveils three pieces scheduled for the SIHH 2017, including a gravity-defying watch adorned with a rare alloy.
Daring to be avant-garde may seem simple. But to show audacity, to be slightly impudent and at ease with your original and even rebellious side is not within everyone’s reach. Yet, Roger Dubuis excels in the exercise. True to its reputation as something of a troublemaker in the prestige watch-making sector, the brand based in Meyrin, Switzerland, has produced another surprise with its new Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt® model, available in a limited edition of 8 pieces.
For the materials used to make the Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt®, Roger Dubuis has dipped into the resources of the metallurgical industry. The brand has taken two relatively rare metals, chromium and cobalt. The former is a transition metal, hard, silver-grey in colour and highly resistant to tarnishing and corrosion. The latter is a white metal, similar to iron and nickel, and also a transition metal, which is mainly used for superalloys and high-strength alloys. Once they have been merged using the MicroMelt® technology, chromium and cobalt give rise to a platinum-coloured metallic material that is lighter than steel and scratch-resistant. And of course, since it is a solid metal, it is also a metal that is hard to model.
This particular alloy produces an impressive case measuring 48mm in diameter, including the serrated bezel and notched crown, with the base sealed with sapphire glass. The openwork face of the Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt® consists of a chapter ring and four blue triangular PVD-coated elements on which four silver, stylised Roman figures are placed. At the centre of this graphic landscape are the bright-red-tipped hour and minute hands set in a blue dial with a white minute track with red markers. At 9 o’clock, an indicator displays the power reserve, which is in the vicinity of 40 hours when full. Four openings reveal the famous Quatuor (quartet) of coupled spiral balances driving the watch at 16Hz, or 115’200 vibrations per hour, and belonging to the hand-wound RD101 mechanical calibre.
The Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt® model attaches to your wrist with a blue alligator strap decorated with red saddle stitching and a titanium folding clasp.
Price: 390,000 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin