Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S News & Reviews
Whatever you may think about watch/car partnerships, Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini are brands that evoke pretty passionate responses, positive and negative, among basically anyone who cares enough about watches or cars to have an opinion at all.
While certainly not for everyone, each has die-hard advocates and, unsurprisingly, there’s a fair amount of overlap between their client bases. (Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontroue says that he had the idea to make something happen with Lamborghini after repeatedly hearing the supercar’s name come up when he asked his watch clients what else they were into.) I have to confess that when I first heard about this partnership, I wondered what might happen when Lambo and RD got together and let their respective supercar and super-watch DNA interact. I was willing to bet it would be more than just another ho-hum collaboration piece – and I wasn’t disappointed.
The first timepiece to result from the five-year deal between Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini is the Excalibur Aventador S, made in carbon fiber with two escapements, a deadbeat seconds display, and a movement inspired by the engine block of the Lamborghini Aventador. Like a Lamborghini – and like most every Roger Dubuis for that matter – this watch is brash and expensive. Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini each make about 3,500 units annually, and in the case of Lamborghini, every single car is pre-sold and customized.
There are two versions of the inaugural collaboration watch. Both are a limited editions, one in 88 pieces and the other in just eight, so it’s not like you’re going to spy them under the glass at every local watch merchant. Roger Dubuis has expressed an interest in offering bespoke watch customization to Lamborghini buyers at points of sale too, though that’s not yet available.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S
Let’s start with a look at the Excalibur Aventador S’s carbon fiber case. We often hear about how carbon fiber watch elements are inspired by the automotive sphere. Unsurprisingly, Lamborghini has been using carbon fiber in its chassis for years, developing know-how that has made them something of a leader in the field. Today, the Bologna-based automaker has its own facility for manufacturing carbon fiber and produces enough of it to sell to external companies, including other auto marques. The case of each of these watches is a robust 45mm in diameter, but since the framework is carbon fiber, it ends up still feeling very light on the wrist. The weight is further reduced through the skeletonization of the caseband and lugs too. The 88 piece edition is overmolded with yellow rubber and the 8 piece version gets its accents in overmolded orange rubber.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S
The movement at the heart of these watches is brand new, a sign that the collaboration is something that Roger Dubuis takes seriously enough to invest real R&D into. The Duotor Caliber RD 103SQ is a skeleton movement regulated by two inclined sprung balances and it features a deadbeat seconds complication too. It is an interesting choice for Roger Dubuis to implement its first deadbeat seconds mechanism in a collaboration like this, since it’s a complication for real watch lovers and something that laymen can easily mistake for something less complex (ie, a simple quartz movement). One wonders if car clients coming to the Excalibur Aventador S purely because of its association with Lamborghini will understand what’s a play here.
Both of the watches function the same way. As far as escapements are concerned, each is essentially half of the Quatuor movement that premiered in 2013. By inclining the escapements and connecting them via a differential, the thinking goes, the two balances regulate one another while compensating for positional errors, resulting in a more reliable and accurate rate than a watch with a single sprung balance. Roger Dubuis lists the frequency of the movement as 57,600 vph, but that figure is just reached by adding the 28,800 vph rate of the two escapements together. While there is a lot going on visually, if you look closely there’s a brightly colored power-reserve indicator poking out from the heart of the “engine” between one and two o’clock. Like every single watch that Roger Dubuis has ever made, this one is stamped with the Geneva Seal.
The 88-piece limited edition in yellow costs $185,000, while the eight-piece limited edition will set you back $205,000. In addition to the color difference, the latter also utilizes a carbon fiber cover over the movement that is made in the Lamborghini carbon foundry. It’s not really functional, but it definitely offers a different look.
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This article was first published in HONDIKEE : Introducing The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S (Live Pics & Pricing)