The SIHH 2016 Roger Dubuis Velvet replica collection is intended for refined and discerning women who appreciate the intrinsic value of a fine mechanical movement, but whose elegance and sophistication also draws them towards dressy, glamorous models. The Velvet Ribbon Haute Joaillerie is the perfect example. No less than 631 diamonds totalling around 53 carats adorn this High Jewellry model.Roger Dubuis decide to take away with the customary lateral lugs and leave only the inimitable central lug highlighted by two perfectly paired 1-carat F/IF-VVS gems.
The ideally sized 38.5 mm platinum case of the impressive fake Roger Dubuis Velvet Ribbon Haute Joaillerie watch, redesigned to adapt to opulent gemsetting, is fully paved with emerald and baguette-cut diamonds. The inner bezel ring and luminous dial are also fully paved with baguette-cut diamonds creating an entrancing effect further enhanced by the fact that this pristine purity remains untroubled by the usual hour- markers.
The bracelet is entirely paved with emerald-cut diamonds. Its mesh pattern is meticulously hand-crafted and assembled from welded gold wires to follow the curve of the wrist while ensuring it remains as supple and flowing as possible.
In addition to the play on different diamond cuts, a variety of techniques contribute to igniting the fire of the diamonds and reinforcing the hypnotic aura instilled by the play on contrasts and the nested geometrical shapes. This is particularly striking on the dial with its gradually widening tonneau motif and the receding perspective or sunburst pattern characteristic of Roger Dubuis designs.
In the centre, the fascinating invisible setting, based on cutting grooves into rounded stones and snapping the stones into a metal rail, ensures the gems are set so tightly that the metal is entirely concealed; while the ‘Clou de Paris’ setting, a process by which several stones are held in place with a single pin, radiates a unique charm replica Roger Dubuis Velvet diamonds watch that is picked up on the case middle and the platinum bracelet. Last but not least, the clever use of prong setting along with meticulously studied orientation of the centre stones combine to ensure that these large exceptional gems are shown to the best advantage, while openworked chatons ensure optimal dispersion of the light to create a truly entrancing effect.
Water-resistant to 30 metres, this Velvet Ribbon bears the Poinçon de Genève and is powered by the self-winding Calibre RD821 complete with an openworked oscillating weight.