With its focus on contemporary skeletonized single and double tourbillon watches, Roger Dubuis has carved a high-end niche for itself among true Geneva-based watch manufacturers. With its super-sporty Excalibur Spider collection the firm offers tourbillon models housed in a selection of case materials, including lightweight carbon, titanium alloys, polished chrome cobalt and steel– and always in limited editions.
This month Roger Dubuis adds one more double flying tourbillon to its Excalibur Spider collection: The Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon, a manual-wind watch with a serious crush on the look of many so-called supercars.
At the same time, Roger Dubuis has expanded its automatic collection with two tourbillon-free Excalibur Spider Automatic Skeleton watches set with either a carbon/titanium bezel or a rose gold bezel.
The Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon recalls the specific color codes you’ll find on supercar dashboards. Thus, Roger Dubuis makes the watch’s dial and inner bezel pop with the same orange you’ll find on many such cars. Orange is also found on the watch’s strap and stitching, an ode to supercar seats.
Inside the new watch is brand-new hand-wound mechanical skeleton Caliber RD105SQ with twin tourbillons at 5 o’clock and 7 o’clock, each rimmed by speedometer-type small seconds displays. And there’s more color around the power-reserve indicator, also a nod to racecar cockpit fuel gauges. The watch, priced at $267,000, is to be made in a 28-piece limited edition.
Each of the new Excalibur Spider Skeleton Automatic watches expand the options for this micro-rotor openwork design.
These two models rely on the contrasts of pink gold and titanium for their respective visual attraction, at least in addition to the already appealing draw of handcrafted openwork calibers with top-shelf technical prowess.
One model offers a pink gold case with a carbon/titanium bezel while the other flips that color scheme with a multi-layered carbon and titanium case and a pink gold bezel. Naturally, the rose-gold-cased watch is the more limited of the two new offerings, and will be made in only 28 examples. Roger Dubuis will make 88 of the carbon/titanium-cased Excalibur Spider Skeleton Automatic models. At $80,000, the titanium-cased example is actually entry level for those who seek the Excalibur Spider’s skeletal design; the pink gold version is priced at $87,000.
As usual, Roger Dubuis rightfully boasts about its strict adherence to Geneva Hallmark standards, and each movement in these new watches is stamped with the Poinçon de Genève.
Here are the specifications for these new Roger Dubuis watches:
Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon
Case: 47mm by 14.95mm skeletonized titanium black DLC with titanium container over-molded with orange rubber. Fluted titanium bezel with black markings. Titanium black DLC with orange rubber crown. Titanium black DLC and sapphire crystal case back. 50m water- resistant
Movement: Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon RD105SQ with double flying tourbillon at 5 and 7 o’clock (one rotation per minute); Skeleton movement, rhodium plated inner-Astral décor, NAC coated plate and bridges, circular-grained plate and bridges, tourbillon carriages in the shape of a Celtic Cross. Production is 28 pieces, and certified Poinçon de Genève
Dial: Black and orange skeleton, rhodium flange; white luminous indexes,18-karat gold black PVD hands with red transfer and white luminous SLN tips.
Strap: Bi-material strap with black rubber base; black and orange perforated calf leather inlay, orange stitching. Clasp is black DLC titanium top on titanium adjustable folding clasp.
Excalibur Spider Automatic Skeleton
Case for titanium model (limited edition of 88): 45mm by 14.02mm skeletonized multi-layers of carbon with titanium molded over with black rubber. Fluted pink gold bezel with black markings; titanium molded with black rubber and pink gold cover crown. Sapphire crystal; titanium black DLC and sapphire crystal caseback.
Case for pink gold model (limited edition of 28): 45mm by 14.02mm skeletonized pink gold case with titanium molded over with black rubber. Titanium bezel with black markings; titanium with black rubber and pink gold cover crown. Sapphire crystal; titanium and sapphire crystal caseback.
Dial: Black and golden skeleton dial, black flange with golden indexes 18-karat gold black PVD hands with golden transfer and white luminous SLN tips.
Strap: Bi-material strap with black rubber base and black calf inlay, grey stitching. Clasp: Black DLC titanium cover on titanium adjustable folding clasp
Movement: Automatic Skeleton RD820SQ with micro-rotor, self-winding mechanical caliber with skeleton micro-rotor, NAC-coated plate and bridges, circular-grained plate and bridges, Certification: Poinçon de Genève
Price: $80,000 (titanium-case) and $87,000 (pink gold case)