BARING IT ALL
Roger Dubuis launches its “Year of the Astral Skeleton” with a truly special limited edition Excalibur that promises both exceptional beauty and technical finesse.
A KEY ANNOUNCEMENT made by Roger Dubuis at SIHH 2015 was that this year would be the “Year of the Astral Skeleton”. They also set forth the aim of acquiring the reputation for architectural and technical watchmaking excellence and so, to bring their collections up a notch, Roger Dubuis have introduced a slew of outstanding Excalibur watches. They highlight the brand’s expertise in tickling the imagination with skeletonised watches that are as much about artistic beauty as they are about technical composition.
Of special note is the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon—the highly technical crafting of an haute horlogerie skeleton within the piece showcases the unmistakable talent that the house has for creating marvellous, enigmatic watches with modern aesthetic values.
The skeletonised structure of the dial and the movement allows the wearer to easily view most of the watch’s complex inner workings. The immaculate synergy of these many components clearly reveals the level of skill, experience and attention to detail required to conceptualise and realise such an intricate piece.
To compare the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon with a finely tuned sports car—both technically and aesthetically—would not be amiss. In fact, drawing inspiration from sports cars, the designers introduced bright red elements to the components such as the inner bezel, the hands and the crown, which create a dynamic contrast with the gunmetal grey of the rest of the watch.
Housed within the RD01SQ calibre are the stars of the show: the double flying tourbillons. The twins sit in differential positions, fully rotating at one minute each, at the 4.30 and 7.30 positions of the dial. Taking centre stage on the watch, each of the flying tourbillons has a prominent Celtic cross emblazoned across the top, and the flying configuration creates an illusion that the crosses are floating in mid-air.
To further ensure accuracy, the movement, which has been adjusted to no less than six positions, consists of 319 intricately embellished parts. It takes the skilled craftsmen at Roger Dubuis a total of 360 hours just to ensure that the movement is precisely assembled and finished to qualify for Poinçon de Genève (Hallmark of Geneva) certification, like all other watches from the manufacturer.
This ingenious creation is completed with a 47mm case in titanium and black DLC titanium, which, because of its skeletonised movement, is lighter than it looks and wears very comfortably. Fasten the timepiece with the sporty black rubber strap and you’ll have on your wrist a watch like no other. In fact, if you are indeed fortunate enough to get your hands on this very limited edition, you’ll have one of only 188 Excalibur Spider Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillons in the world. We told you it is special.
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