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Roger Dubuis unveils two ultra-glamorous Velvet Ribbon creations at an exclusive event in Shanghai on October 20, 2016. They will set a glittering culminating touch to the year by showcasing its impressive range of Haute Joaillerie and Haute Horlogerie skill through these refined tributes to sophisticated femininity. Alongside these twin launches, the event will turn the spotlight firmly on Roger Dubuis’ iconic Excalibur collection.

The Velvet Ribbon with two elegant and timeless new creations. For the jeweller of rare artistic timepieces, Velvet represents an opportunity to showcase twin fields of expertise fully mastered by Roger Dubuis: mechanical high-end horology and stunningly creative jewellery-making. These charismatic models are distinguished by voluptuous trompe l’oeil cases combining tonneau (barrel) and circular shapes, along with split-level dials creating fascinating depth effects and distinctive ornamental central lugs.

Velvet Ribbon takes things to the next level by combining the uncompromising standards epitomized by Poinçon de Genève certification with an undeniable talent for design as well as gem-setting excellence. These dressy and superbly glamorous models have a unique sparkle to match that of the refined and discerning women who will adopt them. The two new creations completing the trilogy are issued in limited editions playing with the Roger Dubuis lucky number 8 and admirably confirming the ongoing challenge set – and risen to – by the Manufacture: Dare to be Rare.

The new Velvet Ribbon wrist-worn timepiece is every inch the dainty diva with its 385 gemstones totaling 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. Not content with adorning the wrist of the sophisticated diva, Roger Dubuis also graces her neckline with a ravishing pearl sautoir necklace. This stunning Velvet Ribbon jewellery piece also offers a fine 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. 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 gem-setting, 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 caliber 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.