This watch has turned out to be just about the oddest of the watches I have accumulated. To begin with, the Dubuis line is one I am uncharacteristically familiar with, as during our trip to Manhattan last November, my wife and I spent a couple of hours in Cellini, and while she was occupied with various ladies' JLC's, I was given a reasonably thorough tour of their Roger Dubuis' stock. My feelings were that although I had great admiration for the designs of the Sympathie line, when I actually put one to wrist, I found the case shape ultimately distracting. Not, unfortunately, hypnotic, captivating and beautifully distracting, rather it looked like (I hate to say this) it was formed by a cookie-cutter. I found the reflections most odd, all the markers and chapters looked misplaced (this predates the latest "round-dial" versions), and while I really, really liked them sitting in the case, I just couldn't warm up to any, not at these prices. The various retrograde displays had a similar affect; while I admire them and recognize that these represent perhaps Mr Dubuis' horologic signature, the closer I brought my eyes, the less sense they made. As far as the the many Mucho Grande Mas iterations go, I can only say that they all smile at me, and if I was purchasing baubles I would not be without at least one. They are charming and hilarious and beautifully cased, but really, in my estimation, deserve to house something more sophisticated than their tiny ladies' movements. Within the round-cased Hommage line, all that was presented was an exhorbitant retrograde calendar chronograph, the first watch I have seen bearing numerals for 1, 5, 7 and 11 o'clock exclusively; 3 and 9 were apparently there, but each was hidden under one of the hands for the retrograde calendar. I hated it.
(not this watch, but with this dial)
I hope you enjoyed this!
August 28, 2001