Monegasque is a dialect, which is spoken in Monaco, the land of casinos, night clubs and the heavily policed dolce vita. So, the introduction of the Roger Dubuis Chronograph La Monegasque Big Number automatic watch was absolutely inevitable.
Presented in black, red and green –the classic casino colors– the watch looks very energetic and it is strongly discouraged that persons suffering even from the mildest cases of ludomania be exposed to its charming beauty.
Like the Roger Dubuis Le Chronographe La Monegasque (Ref. MG44-680-90-00/0ER01/B) that was, too, presented at SIHH 2011, this eye-catching timekeeper is powered by the new RD680 automatic chronograph movement, which is developed, made and decorated solely in-house.
Featuring a trendy micro-rotor winding system with its oscillating weight crafted from heavy-weight tungsten including more efficient winding compared to models equipped with gold rotors, the caliber is very thin (at least, for a chronograph movement) measuring only 6.30 mm in height.
Looking a bit archaic with its Minerva-like design, this is still a very advanced movement that offers column-wheel chronograph design with semi-instant 30-minute counter. As usual for this price range (Roger Dubuis plans to offer the new chronograph at a pretty impressive recommended street price of some $42,000,) the movement is expertly decorated, although the motifs used there are fairly common including vertical Geneva stripes, bevelled bridges and polished screw heads.
Since the idea was to make a classic-looking chrono, the watch sports a bi-compax layout with a 30-minute chronograph totalizer at 3 o’clock and a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
Thanks to the chosen color scheme, the dial of the timekeeper looks quite entertaining, yet, at the same time, the dance of colors significantly hurts its readability. Also, the lack of any sort of lume makes it impossible to read the watch in darkness.
Offered in a cushion-shaped 44 mm rose gold case, the watch is certainly massive. Perhaps, it is even more massive than it should have been. Still, if your wrist is even a tiny bit wider than usual, the Chronograph La Monegasque Big Number will probably sit quite comfortably on you hand.
As of the general ergonomics, I must admit that the crown is just large enough to be easily operated, while the long chronograph push-pieces, too, look like you would feel quite comfortable using the chronograph function.
Another interesting feature of this watch is a black PVD-coated bezel that provides the dial with a beautiful mirror-polished “frame.”
Alas, the watch will be issued in a very limited edition of only 128 pieces and will be quite expensive.
Photos: Roger Dubuis
Roger Dubuis Chronograph La Monegasque Big Number (Ref. MG44-680-59-00/0IR01/B) automatic watch specification
Price: $42,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber RD680, micro-rotor, 261 components, 6.30 mm in height, 28,800 vph, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Rhodium-plated bridges, Cotes de Geneve decoration
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Rose gold
Bezel material: Titanium, black PVD-coated
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Cushion
Case size: 44.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Rose gold
Hands: Rose gold, dauphine-shaped
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather
Case back: Sapphire