Perpetually on the lookout for original technical developments and unusual aesthetic options, Roger Dubuis has acquired an international reputation as an avant-garde Maison, a ‘serial innovator’ with a dynamic research-driven ap- proach to watchmaking.
The annual unveiling of world premieres from its ever-busy innovation pipeline represents the almost ‘organic’ result of its ongoing investments in Research & Development. Backed by a dedicated in-house department and Roger Dubuis’ own full-ledged Manufacture, the brand’s ‘disruptive materials and progressive complications’ mantra is forcefully expressed through its ongoing challenge to all-comers: Dare to be Rare.
The revolutionary use in watchmaking of carbon, which is twice as light as brass, is the embodiment of Roger Dubuis’ fundamental belief in the disru- ptive nature of innovation.
This is entirely in sync with a recent series of partnerships signed by the brand with the automotive industry, where carbon is commonly used in the very high-end racing cars that were the inspiration for these futuristic timepieces.
As Roger Dubuis Strategic Product Director, Gregory Bruttin explains: «The 50% differenceinweightenabledbythischoiceofmaterialmeansa 50% increaseinpowerreserve,raisingitto 90 hoursfortheExcaliburSpiderCarbonSkeletonFlying
True to the design codes of its emblematic Excalibur line, the latter takes the skeleton theme to the next level by skeletonizing the movement as well as the case, lange and hands.
This is the irst time however that the Manufacture has allied this iconic concept with its best-selling 820SQ calibre. The combined technical expertise and aesthetic lair of the development team has masterfully ensured all the stellar transparency expected from a Roger Dubuis skeleton movement.
This approach is exempliied in the World Premiere Excalibur Spider Carbon Skeleton Flying Tourbillon, powered by Calibre 509SQ; and the robust 45mm skeleton case of the Excalibur Spider Carbon Automatic Skeleton with its Calibre 820SQ, featuring black DLC titanium elements offset by contrasting red touches.
Such an amazing technical feat, further compli- cated by the skeletonised nature of the calibre, is enabled by the particularly rigid nature of carbon that results in less vibrations and enhanced precision. Both models are issued as 88-piece limited editions.
Through these avant-garde creations, Roger Dubuis once again showcases its determination to push technical boundaries and demonstrates an unswerving commitment to boldly go where no other watchmakers have gone before.