Continuing to fast-track its affiliation with the high-end automotive world, Roger Dubuis this week debuts a new partnership with Italian automaker Lamborghini. As a result of the partnership, Roger Dubuis launches a new watch: the Excalibur Aventador S, a sporty titanium-cased model that utilizes the livery colors and a few of the same high-tech materials found in Lamborghini cars.
Those materials, multi-layered carbon and C-SMC carbon, can be found within the dials on one of the two variations of the new watch. The new Rogers Dubuis skeletonized double-sprung-balance RD103SQ caliber is especially designed to echo the shape of Lamborghini’s new Aventador S engine and new Huracàn Super Trofeo EVO.
The yellow-tinged Aventador-S utilizes Lamborghini’s Giallo Orion yellow paint code plus a multi-layered carbon case. The orange-tinted model with Arancio Argo (metallic orange) tints, and made as a limited edition of eight, features C-SMC- Carbon, a high-tech material being also used this year for the first time by Lamborghini.
Utilizing a new tag line, “Powered by Raging Mechanics,” Roger Dubuis here shaped this new Duotor movement to explicitly echo the contours and the angular placement of Lamborghini engines. Roger Dubuis carefully inclined the Duotor’s unusual double balance to mimic the angle of the engine inside the racecar, supported and highlighted by holders shaped like triangular wheel suspension assemblies.
The movement, with its specific Italian racing detail is decidedly muscular and offers a clear counterpoint to the mundane–or even quartz–calibers sometimes seen powering so-called ‘racing watches.’ These are serious, technically proficient Geneva-Seal certified movements that offer a sophistication appreciated by a high-end racecar enthusiast.
Lamborghini owners will recognize the similarity between their two favorite engines immediately, and, as Roger Dubuis no doubt knows, will likely begin placing their orders to match their cars to their wrists. With the limited nature of these very sporty skeletonized 45mm timekeepers, professional (or even a weekend) Lamborghini drivers best contact Geneva right away before this collection reaches the finish line.
Prices: $216,000 (Excalibur Aventador S Orange) limited to eight pieces.
And $194,500 (Excalibur Aventador S Yellow) limited to 88 pieces.
Specifications: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S (yellow)
Movement: Skeleton double sprung balances RD103SQ caliber, hand-wound mechanical with hours and minutes, jumping second, power reserve indicator. Frequency: 2X4Hz (57,600 vph)
Case: 45mm x 14.05 mm skeletonized Excalibur Spider with multilayers of carbon with titanium container molded with yellow rubber. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and yellow metallization, fluted multi-layers carbon bezel, titanium black DLC crown molded with yellow rubber. Black DLC Titanium and sapphire crystal case back.
Dial: Skeleton with rhodium plated, black and yellow flange, rhodium plated indexes filled with white luminous SLN, black PVD 18-karat gold hour and minute hands with yellow transfer and white luminous SLN tips, yellow seconds hand
Strap: Bi-material black rubber base and black rubber-tech inlay, yellow stitching, titanium black DLC clasp, adjustable folding buckle
Production: 88 pieces
Certification: Poinçon de Genève
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S (Orange)
Caliber: Skeleton RD103SQ caliber hand-wound mechanical calibre, double sprung balances, hours and minutes, jumping second, power reserve indicator. Frequency: 2X4Hz (57,600 vph)
Case: 45mm x 14.05mm skeletonized Excalibur Spider of C-SMC carbon with titanium container molded with orange rubber. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and orange metallization. Fluted C-SMC carbon bezel with orange markings. Titanium black DLC crown molded with orange rubber. Black DLC titanium and sapphire crystal case back.
Dial: Skeleton with C-SMC carbon, black PVD, orange and white flange, rhodium plated indexes filled with white luminous SLN, black PVD 18-karat gold hour and minute hands with orange transfer and black luminous SLN tips, orange seconds hand.
Strap: Bi-material with black rubber base and black Alcantara inlay, orange stitching, titanium black DLC clasp, adjustable folding buckle