Roger Dubuis, Founder of Roger Dubuis Hor­loger Genevois, on life of semi-retirement.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Interviews -

What is retirement or semi-retirement like for you? I don’t con­sider it a retirement. It has been great, and I am still fol­low­ing my pas­sion. Now I have no obli­ga­tion to ar­rive on time. I can come and go as I please. I also have more time to be a grand­fa­ther to my grand­chil­dren. So I am a bit anti-so­cial th­ese days around the man­u­fac­ture.

Do you miss be­ing a full-time watch­maker?

I don’t miss watch­mak­ing that much; but hav­ing said that, I do miss sit­ting at my watch­mak­ing desk and do­ing some­thing. The com­pany is so kind to me and they set up a lit­tle pri­vate stu­dio for me. I can do what I want, and I am also con­sulted by the watch­mak­ers as to how to solve the prob­lems that they face. It’s more like I’m play­ing a god­fa­ther role to them. It’s like be­ing back at work, but yet it’s not.

Did you al­ways want to be a watch­maker?

Yes, I al­ways wanted to be a watch­maker ever since I can re­mem­ber. It all started with me fall­ing in love with the church clock in the vil­lage where I grew up. I came from a fam­ily of car­pen­ters, so I learnt to ap­pre­ci­ate ar­ti­sanal skill. It all started with the vil­lage cob­bler who was also the keeper of the steeple, and I was asked to help him with the tower bells. I was fas­ci­nated with the mech­a­nisms of the clock, which led me to a life­long love for watch­mak­ing. When I be­came of age, I left my fam­ily and be­gan my watch­mak­ing ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer.

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