There are plenty of watch brands who boast avant-garde credentials but there are few who back it up in a way that Roger Dubuis does. The Swiss luxury watch brand considers each timepiece it creates to be a highly technical accomplishment and a contemporary work of art.
The company released a new caliber and housed it in three Excalibur models with different materials and color patterns. The watches were unveiled Wednesday during the opening day of the virtual Watches & Wonders Geneva watch fair.
The 2021 Excalibur Original Flying Tourbillon collection is the newest version of a model well-known among those who collect Roger Dubuis watches, with its skeletonized movement and a star-shaped bridge.
The watch is powered by the caliber RD512SQ manual-wound movement, featuring a titanium lower tourbillon cage and a mirror-polished cobalt chrome upper tourbillon cage. The new materials, titanium in particular, drastically reduces the weight of the movement, which increased the power reserve to 72 hours. In addition, a new material is used for the tourbillon, which the watch brand only describes as “non-magnetic.” It is designed to “better serve the wearers and improve their experience.”
The skeletonized movement has a contemporary appearance. In particular, the signature star-shaped bridge has moved from a solely functional component to a more decorative aspect as it now floats above the barrel. This gives the dial of the watch added depth in appearance.
Roger Dubuis goes to great lengths to promote its Geneva Hallmark quality seal, which relates to the decorations and finishes for its movements, with every component finished by hand by highly skilled craftsmen. Certainly the new The Excalibur Original Flying Tourbillon models are no different in their attention to the finishes.
The dials of all three models come with polished and plated hour markers with SuperLuminova in the center. The skeletonized movement and dial are available in three colors finishes. They are all housed in a 42mm case made of three different materials. The choices available and the prices are as follows:
* A cobalt case with a Blue CVD coated double-surface flange, engraved minute track and transferred texts, $143,000;
* A gray DLC titanium case with a gray double-surface flange, engraved minute track and transferred texts, $138,000; and
* A non-tarnishing pink gold case with a gray double-surface flange, 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 is offering a version of the Excalibur Original Flying Tourbillon with what it says is the first timepiece to feature luminescent diamonds in different hues, called the Excalibur “Glow Me Up.” This is possible because of a patented process that places luminescent material underneath the diamonds, in the grooves that are holding the stones into place. Baguette shaped diamonds line the bezel of the watch.
A second patented process allows calibers to glow by painting the components with luminescent material enhancing the iconic star-shaped bridge in the dark. The case, including bezel, crown and caseback are made with EON Gold, a non-tarnishing alloy of pink gold.
Everything else about the watch is similar to the Excalibur Original Flying Tourbillon
This world premier is being sold as a boutique exclusive limited edition of eight pieces. It retails for $215,000.
All of the watches are available with straps in a range of colors, materials and sizes that are interchangeable with the Roger Dubuis Quick Release System.
Roger Dubuis took the occasion of Watches & Wonders to announce its partnership with two urban culture creatives: Los Angeles tattoo artist, Dr. Woo, and 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 workshops to clients of the brand. The watch brand did not reveal any future collaboration.