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. They complete a supremely sophisticated trilogy that exquisitely embodies this particular facet of the Roger Dubuis woman.

The ultimate in sophisticated femininity

In this "Year of the Velvet Diva", the Manufacture is exploring fi­ve key facets of the a natural-born Roger Dubuis diva who can be alternately sophisticated, feline, conquering, visionary, magnetic and visionary – or indeed all at once. This unique vision of the diverse aspects characterising the contemporary femme fatale and inspirational muse is powerfully channelled through the Velvet collection.

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.

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 selfwinding mechanical calibre featuring Poinçon de Genève ­nishes.

Amping up the glamour

Velvet Ribbon takes things to the next level by combining the uncompromising standards epitomised by Poinçon de Genève certifi­cation with an undeniable talent for design as well as gemsetting 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.

Looping the loop

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-­nish 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 selfwinding mechanical calibre featuring Poinçon de Genève ­nishes. 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 stunning Velvet Ribbon jewellery piece also offers a ­ne example of Haute Horlogerie as envisioned by the Manufacture: an ideal blend of competence, creativity and craftsmanship.