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
I'm not too proud to say I'll never get close to a Roger Smith. I did grow up in a place not too far from the Isle of Man, but that's as tenuous a link as one could make so I won't make it. There is one way to tap into the watchmaking DNA that he represen
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
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
I just got my Papillon back from full service too. I feel it’s kinda best of two worlds, many of my friends are concerned about indie future serviceability. But for DR or RD, it’s probably something I am not too worried. I was surprised when I first took
38mm x 41mm. Manual wind. 18K yellow gold. Power reserve, date disk, moonphase, and small (very small) seconds. This watch arrived yesterday from a merchant in Germany. Before and during the purchase process I connected with a number of seasoned Daniel Ro
This series provides a sweeping history of Mr. Roth's career as a watchmaker. It touches upon his most influential work at Breguet, and one by one provides an account of each group of references under his eponymous label. The four parts bring the reader u
I’ve had this watch since 1992 and it hasn’t lost any of its charm over the years. The dial has a very fascinating texture and shine that is difficult to describe. It is easily the thinnest watch I’ve ever owned, and I’m so glad it has no date. Regards H.