Disruptive to the core, Roger Dubuis’ latest Excalibur timepieces put conformity to the sword with its new aggressively luxurious accents.
One of the more intriguing auto-horology hybrids is the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S collection. Born out of the Swiss watchmaker’s partnership with the Lamborghini Squadra Corse, it’s a fascinating meeting of disruptive minds that has produced a line of visually striking, ruggedly masculine timepieces that flip the finger to conformity. It’s a philosophy that both brands have cultivated over the course of their illustrious histories in their respective fields.
An aesthetic and mechanical fusion of sports cars and watches is an irresistible connection and can produce staggering results. That said, petrolheads and watch fanatics haven’t been ecstatic about every result emanating from these collaborations. But generally, the internal mechanics and precise engineering required in both fields lends themselves to each other like Midas’s fingers to gold.
The latest products in the Lambo-Dubuis partnership have more than a hint of the golden touch to them.
The inspiration for the Excalibur collection comes from the Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s Aventador engine. A miniature version of which sits proudly, almost purring at the centre of the watch dial. Perhaps most notable, though is the glowing golden revamp one version in particular has been given: the Aventador S Pink Gold.
Roger Dubuis will produce 28 pieces of the Excalibur Aventador S Pink Gold. Composed of 313 components, it features a hand-wound mechanical calibre.
With the golden engine of the iconic Italian sports car poised in the middle of the dial the Excalibur Aventador S
is a roaring signal of disruptive intent from the avant garde watchmaker. The contrast of the black and gold radiates from the racy design and proffers a more ostentatious edge.
The Excalibur Adventador S Pink Gold features the same multi-layered carbon skeleton case as its 88-piece limited edition forebear, but replaces the Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” accents with the glowing warmth of pink gold, teamed with a sophisticated black Alcantara strap.
Driven by a desire to be at the very cutting-edge of technological complexity, these ultra high-performance models are propelled by the specially developed Duotor (double balance wheels) concept in a totally revamped 312-part RD103SQ movement.
Remaining true to its reputation for skeletonisation, this calibre is distinguished by the engine strut bars that resemble Dubuis’ Astral Skeleton principle, striking a vivid contrast with the rest of the movement, as if the engine “hood” were transparent. Recalling the performance-enhancing longitudinal placement of Lamborghini engines tailored to the design of the supercars, the double balance wheel is inclined, supported and highlighted by holders shaped like triangular wheel suspension assemblies. This exclusive Roger Dubuis movement embodies an on-going evolution of the Maison’s reinterpretation of form and function.
Akin to its 2017 eight-piece limited edition “Arancio Argos” predecessor, the highly exclusive Excalibur Adventador S Blue is crafted from the same C-SMC carbon as that used on the Lamborghini supercars.
As the ultimate indication of its royal bloodline, it offers a true-blue experience with a black and Neptune blue bi-material strap, blue rubber over-moulding on the case and crown, and blue markings on the fluted carbon bezel.
The first timepieces of the Dubuis-Lamborghini partnership pulled out of the Geneva lab in September last year. And where the original models now appear more streamline and pared down, the new iterations are bolder, more aggressive and luxurious in feel and look.
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