There are many watch brands that claim avant-garde references, but few support it like Roger Dubuis. The luxury Swiss watch brand considers each timepiece it creates as a highly technical achievement and a work of contemporary art.
The company released a new caliber and hosted it in three Excalibur models with different materials and color patterns. The watches were unveiled on Wednesday on the opening day of the Watches & Wonders virtual watch fair in Geneva.
The 2021 Excalibur Original Flying Tourbillon collection is the latest version of a model well known to Roger Dubuis watch collectors, with its skeleton movement and a star-shaped bridge.
The watch is powered by the RD512SQ caliber hand-wound movement, with a lower tourbillon cage in titanium and an upper tourbillon cage in mirror-polished cobalt chrome. The new materials, in particular titanium, significantly reduce the weight of the movement, which has increased the power reserve to 72 hours. In addition, a new material is used for the tourbillon, which the watch brand describes only as “non-magnetic”. It is designed to “better serve porters and enhance their experience”.
The skeletonized movement has a contemporary appearance. In particular, the iconic star-shaped bridge has gone from being a purely functional element to a more decorative look as it now floats above the barrel. This gives the face of the watch a deeper appearance.
Roger Dubuis makes every effort to promote its Poinçon de Genève quality label, which concerns the decorations and finishes of its movements, each component being finished by hand by highly qualified craftsmen. Certainly, the new The Excalibur Original Flying Tourbillon models are no different in their attention to finishes.
The dials of all three models come with polished and plated indexes with SuperLuminova in the center. The skeletonized movement and dial are available in three color finishes. They are all housed in a 42mm case made of three different materials. The available choices and prices are as follows:
* A cobalt case with a double-surface flange coated with blue CVD, an engraved minute track and transferred texts, $ 143,000;
* A gray DLC titanium case with a gray double-surface flange, an engraved minute track and transferred texts, $ 138,000; and
* A non-tarnishing rose gold case with a gray double-surface flange, an engraved minute track and transferred texts, $ 149,000.
Each of the three models is available in a limited edition of 88 pieces.
The Excalibur ‘Glow Me Up’
Roger Dubuis offers a version of the Excalibur Original Flying Tourbillon with what he says is the first timepiece to feature luminescent diamonds in different hues, called the Excalibur “Glow Me Up”. This is possible thanks to a patented process that places a luminescent material under the diamonds, in the grooves that hold the stones in place. Baguette-shaped diamonds line the watch bezel.
A second patented process allows the calibers to shine by painting the components with a luminescent material highlighting the iconic star-shaped bridge in the dark. The case including the bezel, crown and caseback are made of EON Gold, a non-tarnishing rose gold alloy.
Everything else of the watch is similar to the Excalibur Original Flying Tourbillon
This world first is sold as an exclusive limited edition of eight pieces. It sells for $ 215,000.
All watches are available with straps in a range of colors, materials and sizes which are interchangeable with the Roger Dubuis Quick Release System.
Roger Dubuis took advantage of Watches & Wonders to announce his partnership with two creatives of urban culture: the Los Angeles tattoo artist, Dr. Woo, and the French street artist, Gully, under the concept “Urban Art Tribe”.
Roger Dubuis in a statement said it will be a long-term partnership that will begin with the two artists sharing their creative process at work by opening their studios to clients of the brand. The watch brand has not revealed any future collaboration.