Let's say there were early-, mid-, late- and post-Monsieur Roth watches that bore his name. Each transition was accompanied by a dilution of original intent and a departure from 'the code.'

Apr 07, 2021,17:03 PM
 

This dilution reached its conclusion when Bvlgari finally dropped Daniel Roth (the name) from its watches. If I'm not mistaken this began at or around the time that LVMH became its majority owner in 2011. By then of course Daniel Roth (the man) had already been making watches under a different monicker for a decade. It's fairly clear what kind of watches Monsieur Roth would make when operating independently. We saw that from his creations between 1989 and 1995. Many of these were - and still are - ethereally beautiful. The same can be said for his two-minute tourbillons of 2001-to date. The rest? Approximations and spin-offs that took a lead from Monsieur Roth's inspirations to produce watches of uncertain (and in some cases ghastly) aspect.


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A lesser Daniel Roth from the early Bvlgari period, but one that still retains some design codes of the (by then) departed master.

 
 By: Age_of_Surfaces : April 7th, 2021-14:04
This is a 2002 Daniel Roth Datomax in 18K pink gold, ref. 208.L.40.11. Here shown on a matt coffee lizard Camille Fournet strap. At 35mm x 38mm it recalls the classic sizing of his coveted watches of the early-to-mid 1990s. Mr. Roth had of course parted w...  

Let's say there were early-, mid-, late- and post-Monsieur Roth watches that bore his name. Each transition was accompanied by a dilution of original intent and a departure from 'the code.'

 
 By: Age_of_Surfaces : April 7th, 2021-17:03
This dilution reached its conclusion when Bvlgari finally dropped Daniel Roth (the name) from its watches. If I'm not mistaken this began at or around the time that LVMH became its majority owner in 2011. By then of course Daniel Roth (the man) had alread... 

I love your style 🤗

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : April 7th, 2021-22:56
I am a huge fan of DR watches , such elegant and timeless beauties with a own design. I also have a few DRs on my wishlist but currently happy with the ones I already got . ...  

Thanks for sharing your collection

 
 By: Age_of_Surfaces : April 8th, 2021-11:51
I enjoyed the photographs and surprised myself by being drawn in particular to the first one with the diamond-set bezel. Very nice indeed.

Early DR have so much charm 👍😉

 
 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 11th, 2021-09:26

There is a mystique that makes them such a draw

 
 By: Age_of_Surfaces : April 11th, 2021-10:10
The search for early references requires a fair bit of time and effort. I've struck up relationships with a number of established collectors as well as merchants who possess - or have possessed - some of his work in recent times. Let's see if that pays di... 

Agreed 👍

 
 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 16th, 2021-16:04