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Pierre DeRoche TNT Royal Retro Power Reserve

Pierre Dubois comes from a long line of watchmakers dating back 112 years. In 1901 Marcel Dépraz established his own company in the heart of the Swiss Jura. Originally they specialized in the production of mechanisms for both watches and clocks. Subsequently he was awarded the first gold medal in 1907 at the Exposition cantonale vaudoise. In 1956 the founder grandson Gérald Dubois developed a patented chronograph movement and a new business name of Dubois Dépraz.


Amazingly with a heritage like this Pierre Dubois didn’t become involved in the family business. After graduating in Economics he worked for a large Swiss bank and then as the CFO of Audemars Piguet. Nevertheless his passion for timepieces was the basis for creating his own watch company named Pierre DeRoche. Within a relatively short amount of time the brand has gained a solid reputation within the industry. Amongst their many achievements they have produced some distinctive collections including the Grandcliff, Splitrock and (my personal favourite) the wonderful TNT.


Over the last six months I have been liaising with Pierre, who seems very genuine and passionate about the future of Pierre DeRoche. I first wrote about the TNT Royal Retro in my article entitled ‘Independent Watchmakers’ Even though I haven’t personally worn the watch; a close business contact has. He thought the timepiece would be a practical option for both formal and casual occasions.


When Pierre Dubois originally set up Pierre DeRoche his goal was to create a visually different looking watch. In my opinion he has definitely accomplished this with innovative TNT Royal Retro Power Reserve. The dial has a superb three-dimensional appearance that showcases parts of the mechanical movement. As I mentioned in my previous article I love the retrograde second counters. This new model has a re designed façade with 4 second counters (instead of 6) and a stunning retrograde power reserve indicator. I feel this gives the watch a completely different dynamic to the earlier models. Other exciting features include the chunky bezel, date window and vibrant blue hour/minute hands.


To power the watch Pierre has sourced an exclusive and specially modified calibre from Dubois Dépraz. The movement comprises 50 jewels and is self winding. It also has a hand-decorated rotor and chamfered/satin finished bridges. This superlative mechanism is visible through the sapphire crystal case back. Functionally the TNT Royal Retro Power Reserve features hours, minutes, retrograde seconds and power reserve indicator. The watch also is water resistant to a depth of 100 metres.


The TNT Royal Retro Power Reserve has a hand sewn black alligator strap with folding steel safety clasp. Priced at: CHF 21,000 (approximately $23,606).

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