Some of you will like this watch, some of you won’t like this watch at all, and still some of you want this watch so badly you can taste it. Welcome to one of the most polarizing types of designs out there, and it is over a year old already. Personally I am very intrigued by the design, probably since I got to check out this and other Kingsquare watches recently. It is a loud and in your face look, but refined nevertheless – like something Versace watches should be. The King Square line of watches from Roger Dubuis is defined by its square faceted case that angles down on the top and bottom. This means that the sapphire crystal is also faceted. The dial design is like “art deco lightning.” Yea, it does make the watch harder to read, but that is just one of its charming quirks. While this article in on the above watch, I figured it would be a good time to show you some images I took of other Kingsquare watch I saw at SIHH last month. Consider these cousin Kingsquare watches.
The 30 minute chronograph almost looks to be there just for presentation, given how closely you need to check it out to read it. Of course it is useful, but the square subdials add an interesting and welcome complexity to the design. The Roman numerals looks pretty awesome if I may say, and they give gold a good name in a look like this. You can tell that Roger Dubuis wants you to think that this is a sport watch given the rubber coating on the crown and pushers. Quality is up to given ownership by Richemont of Roger Dubuis. Note that the watches in the images taken by me have protective plastic around them.
The case is 40mm wide, which is a good size for a square watch – actually that makes it large. I can’t tell whether I like the black rubber plate put over the lugs to hide the gap where the strap connects to the case. It is either a genius move, or looks cheap – hard to say. Really depends on how you look at it. It is dark enough not to stand out though. The case is in 18k pink gold. The dial is “flame orange” and uses orange garnet stones as the outer hour markers. Inside the watch is a highly decorated automatic movement with a micro rotor, that helps you view and appreciate the movement. Further, the chronograph complication uses a column wheel, which adds to the value. With the crocodile or rubber strap and titanium screws, I am pretty sure that this is in fact a sport watch, just with lots of Roger Dubuis upmarket “in your face” character. Note the matching orange stitching on the strap as well. Just a stunning piece in my opinion that will compliment an out-loud personality (like mine). Not sure about price, but in the over $30,000 range more than likely. Certainly a lot cheaper than the newer version of this Kingsquare orange beast that has many more stones and a tourbillon.
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