When you think of Roger Dubuis, you undoubtedly think of their tourbillons and stunning skeleton dials. With their bold design codes and supreme levels of finishing, their creations never fail to spark conversation. For the month of July, Roger Dubuis is hosting a pop-up at Harrods on London’s Brompton Road. On the occasion, I managed to sit down with CEO Jean-Marc Pontroue for a quick catch up.
Jean-Marc, I gather you’re into marathon running?
I have been running for 30 years! So when I joined Roger Dubuis, I said: ‘Let’s do the New York marathon’; we wanted to set ourselves a crazy goal. One that would bring us together as a team as well as test us. We knew there would be the obvious physical challenge, but also knew it wasn’t going to be easy to get access to. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the ticket allocation, but the way it works is that each country has an allocation of tickets, and Switzerland has a relatively high allocation in relation to the size of the country. You have 1,500 for France for 16 million people and 500 for Switzerland for eight million people. So strangely enough, the five people that applied for tickets from Roger Dubuis all got them. When you live in Switzerland, we are blessed to have some wonderful countryside to run in. There is no excuse for not getting out there.