Manufacture Roger Dubuis has introduced two dynamic new interpretations of a horological success story drawing upon multiple sources of inspiration. Acknowledged as one of the pioneers of contemporary skeleton calibers, as well as a specialist in architectural and technical mechanics, Roger Dubuis demonstrates its capabilities in distinctively colorful new versions of the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon – a standout model epitomizing a recent and entirely novel take on its iconic Excalibur collection.
Stellar skeleton-work sophistication meets arachnid-inspired intricacy Skeleton-work motifs, with their geometrical complexity and powerful symbolism, are a recurrent theme in nature that is picked up in the watchmaking world by paring down components to essentials while maintaining their functionality and enhancing their aesthetic appeal.
The Roger Dubuis Astral Skeleton approach is based on an exclusive multi-level, star-shaped construction reminiscent of modern cityscapes, while enhancing the clarity of the dials through its star tips pointing directly to hour-markers. The extreme maturity achieved by the Manufacture in this field has enabled it to drive this expertise beyond the movement alone and apply it to whole new areas of the watch: the case, flange and hands. The resulting Excalibur Spider collection is a decidedly contemporary interpretation of horological traditions.
By promoting transparency, visibility and sculptural effects, the Spider principle offers an ideal expression of the superlative quality and high-end finishes implied by the Poinçon de Genève certification: a reliable guarantee of exclusivity, origin, luxury, expertise, performance and durability.
The unmistakable 3D aesthetic impact, combined with the inherent sophistication characterizing these technical skeletons, is thus reinforced by the external skeleton working that accentuates the distinctive movement architecture.
The RD505SQ caliber powering the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon models also features two other Roger Dubuis technical characteristics that have become easily recognizable signatures: the micro-rotor and the flying tourbillon with its carriage.
The legendary Excalibur sword adopts an even sharper, edgier look Inevitably conjuring up legendary visions of the bold and the brave, Excalibur radiates a dauntless charm that naturally also draws today’s urban Warriors. Its unmistakable suit of shining armor includes the round case, fluted bezel, triple lugs and Dauphine-type hands.
This rugged exterior is viewed through the Spider prism and its holistic interpretation of the skeleton principle, contributing to a resolutely technical, outdoor and automobile-inspired spirit.
The speedometer-style ring surrounding the tourbillon and serving as a small seconds counter further contributes to the high-octane motorsports style, while ensuring seamless integration into the skeleton work and avoiding any visual overload. Optimal legibility in any lighting conditions is ensured by the Superluminova enhancing the tips of the hands and the applied screws on the flange.
In these vivid and dynamic new 2016 interpretations, colorful red or blue DLC titanium accents on the skeleton flange, crown, small seconds counter and hand- tips complement the strong contrasts between silver-toned and black elements.
The red model is teamed with a matte-finished black rubber strap, while the blue variation is fitted with a cool white rubber version. This approach is entirely in tune with the versatile and varied rarities concept introduced by Roger Dubuis, providing clients with unlimited scope for creativity reflecting that of the Manufacture itself and thereby guaranteeing the inherent rarity of every timepiece.