If you read our SIHH reports earlies this year, you’ll know that 2017 is all about Roger Dubuis’ signature Excalibur collection. Revolved around the motto “Dare to be Rare”, the watchmaker announced three world premieres earlier in the year — an alloy called Micromelt; movement plate, bridges and tourbillon upper-cage entirely made in carbon; and a watch made with actual Pirelli tyres. This month, it reveals another three new watches that are designed within the same spirit of those high performing complex watches: The Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon and two variations of the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Automatic.
Taking inspiration from the dashboards of supercars, the Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon features bright orange on its rubber overmoulding, dial, strap and stitching. Paired with the multi-coloured power-reserve indicator that references the cockpit fuel gauges on race cars, this is a racy design that will appeal to petrolheads. Far more than just handsome to look at, it also has a sophisticated “engine”, the hand-wound mechanical skeleton Calibre RD105SQ, which is as technically superior as it is beautiful to admire. The new calibre features the signature star pattern of the brand boldly emblazoned across the movement and is equipped with two flying one minute tourbillons to keep timekeeping accuracy in tip top condition.
The other model, the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Automatic plays on contrast as it marries the warmth of pink gold with either the cool steely look of titanium, or the intense blackness of carbon and titanium. Its movement, the RD820SQ, is powered by a self-winding movement equipped with a micro rotor to enable efficient winding yet not detract attention away from the movement’s skeletonised aesthetics. Again, the signature star emblem can be found displayed conspicuously across the movement.
With just 38 more days to go before the Singapore Grand Prix – are you feeling the heat from these race-car inspired watches yet?