Roger Dubuis has innovated in recent years by drawing inspiration from other industry fields. This has led to the cementing of partnerships with two other iconic names equally committed to delivering standout customer experiences – and the ensuing launch of a series of spectacular, emotion-fuelling, Geneva-hallmarked models that have clearly illustrated what happens when visionary engineers meet with incredible watchmakers.
In 2019, Roger Dubuis combines the best of everything it has with that of its partner industries, chosen for their reputations of being at the forefront of technology and equally determined to shatter existing R&D boundaries. The result is a one off – and totally unique – timepiece based on the Maison’s favourite platform of expression: Excalibur.
Inspired by partners Lamborghini Squadra Corse and Pirelli, the highly complicated Excalibur One-Off timepiece is inspired by the recently unveiled Lamborghini SC18 Alston supercar. This is the first ever one-off hypercar created by the Lamborghini motorsport division exclusively developed for a client’s recreational use on the track. The futuristic Excalibur One-off timepiece features a design at the crossroads of modern art and innovative architecture and a calibre worthy of the most complex engine. Composed of an amazing variety of materials, this unique superlative-packed timepiece is truly representative of what Fine Watchmaking, a supercar manufacturer and an iconic tyre king can do.
Following the same design philosophy as Lamborghini Squadra Corse, Roger Dubuis engineers have thus created a timepiece inspired by the supercar manufacturer’s aesthetic codes and aggressive allure, namely clean, precise lines, great depth and an eye-catching show of lights. The compact calibre has been developed around a single frame like the tubular structure of a supercar.
Technical excellence: from hyper car to hyper watch
Every day is a competition day for Roger Dubuis, filled with challenges to be taken on and ambitious goals to be reached. Like Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the Maison is firmly committed to cutting-edge performance, ferocious groundbreaking technology and super-sleek aesthetics, all fuelled by a high-impact R&D vision and focused on delivering bold customer experiences. This set of common denominators put them on a fast track to a roaring encounter where sparks were bound to fly. One year into these high-octane joint endeavours, the spiky hexagonal forms of the carbon atom on which Lamborghini design is based continue to merge with Swiss precision and mechanical instruments.
When visionary engineers meet with incredible watchmakers, the inevitable surge of adrenaline results in models “Powered by raging mechanics”. Timepieces procuring sensations akin to those experienced at the wheel of a Lamborghini equipped with Pirelli tyres.
The same sense of controlled strength, perfect hold, ‘crazy’ details, and high-octane thrills. Combining the highest expression of Lamborghini’s power with the finest Italian craftsmanship, the Lamborghini Huracán supercar represents a perfect fusion of authentic design and state-of-the-art mechanical technology. With its crisp, streamlined allure, this magnificent machine is sure to send the emotions of even the hardest heart into overdrive.
The Excalibur Huracán stable inspired by this iconic supercar. This stand-out timepiece reflects the aesthetic codes of the motorised alter ego and its legendary hexagonal signature in particular.
A versatile geometrical figure used to construct the volume of the Huracán, this appears throughout the timepieces in various guises, while the architecture of the skeleton movement is a magnificent tribute to the Manufacture’s ability to construct highly complex and totally out-of-the-box skeleton calibres. From track to road to wrist, this ideal blend of sophisticated mechanical engineering and sleek aesthetics thus enables aficionados to feel the automotive magic at their fingertips.
Visible through the titanium sapphire crystal case back of the Excalibur Huracán timepieces, throbs another powerful new driver. The second in the brand’s iconic collection to be developed for the partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the skeleton automatic RD630 caliber offers a 12° angled balance wheel representing the movement signature associated with Lamborghini Squadra Corse – a visual impression further accentuated by the honeycomb structure also typical of the automobile world. The 360° oscillating weight inspired by the rim of the Huracán supercar creates a captivating optical illusion when rotating rapidly, reproducing the same kind of speed effect as a supercar wheel.
The sprung balance has been turned around in comparison to a traditional mechanical movement to ensure that wearers enjoy the full benefit of seeing the heart of their timepiece beating. The upper calibre features a strut-bar designed bridge recalling those found on the V10 engine of the Lamborghini Huracán supercar. Taking the Maison’s cutting-edge skeleton concept to new heights, a cryptic date-disc reveals the date only when passing through its dedicated aperture and cannot be decoded through the back. Combined with a racy allure enhanced by the crown evoking a supercar wheel nut, an impressive 60-hour power reserve ensures that these contenders are in it for the long haul.
Getting a grip
When visionary engineers meet with incredible watchmakers, the result is also a Perfect Fit on every level. Resolutely in the vanguard of technology, Pirelli has been partnering with Lamborghini for more than half a century and all Lamborghini sports and road cars are naturally equipped with cutting-edge Pirelli tyres.
The latter rule the road on Huracán supercars, and now also ensure a perfect hold on the wrist, since the strap of the Excalibur Huracán Performante 88-piece limited edition timepiece crosses the finish line bearing a rubber inlay featuring the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo™ R tyre-pattern design.
This custom-made tyre enhance the driving pleasure and represents the state of the art technology for the ultimate performance on track thanks to Pirelli’s centennial racing expertise. Meanwhile, the Excalibur Huracán timepiece with its bi-material strap featuring a black rubber base, grey Alcantara® inlay and black stitching. Both of these rugged watchbands are secured by adjustable folding buckle complete with a quick release system ensuring a speedy getaway.
The second calibre developed for the partnership with Lamborghini. This new engine offers a 12° angle balance escapement with an automatic winding mechanism displaying a rim‑like rotor. The upper calibre features a strut‑bar designed bridge recalling the ones of the V10 engine of the Lamborghini Huracan super car.
Case: Skeletonized, Ø45 mm, Titanium with Titanium container overmolded with black rubber, fluted Titanium bezel with black lacquered markings, Titanium with black varnished crown, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment glass, Titanium, sapphire crystal case back.
Dial: Skeleton dial with black lower flange and NAC plated upper flange, Rhodium plated indexes filled with white luminous SLN, 18K black PVD coated gold hands with black transfers and white luminous SLN tips, aluminum grey varnished second hand.
Water resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)
Strap: Bi-material strap with black rubber base and grey Alcantara® inlay.
Buckle: Titanium black DLC, adjustable folding buckle
Calibre: RD630 caliber, Automatic 12° balance
Production: no limitation
RD630 Calibre: Automatic 12° balanceFeatures: 12° balance, double barrel, air intakes, life cell protection unit, strut bars
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date
Decorations: Skeleton movement, main plate is shot-blasted and NAC coated. Bridges are shot-blasted or trued-up and NAC coated.
Number of parts: 233 components
Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 vph)
Power-reserve: 60 hours
About Roger Dubuis
Roger Dubuis has been at the forefront of contemporary Haute Horlogerie since 1995. Its audacious creations, firmly anchored in the 21st century, embody substantial expertise expressed through the finest watchmaking mechanisms combined with powerful and daring designs. Boldness and extravagance are the brand’s signatures, and determination its driving force.
The Roger Dubuis Excalibur and Velvet collections are distributed worldwide through an exclusive sales network and boutiques. The quest for excellence, the long search for the right gesture, as well as the development of unique skills are all defining characteristics of the Geneva-based Swiss Maison.