Friday, November 10, 2017

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition

On September 20th 2017, the legendary Lamborghini Headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese witnessed a world premiere reveal by Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Squadra Corse.  The high-powered partnership between the two iconic brands gives birth to a new calibre inspired by the Aventador S engine and the new ground breaking Huracàn Super Trofeo EVO.

While motorsports and watchmaking have long since discovered various affinities, the story of Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Squadra Corse is a case of irresistible mutual attraction stemming from a shared focus on aesthetics in their respective R&D driven approaches. Roger Dubuis’ particularly strong recent interest in other types of industry flows from a will to deliver timepieces endowed with elements that others do not or cannot provide. Its strength lies in the ability to ignore any limits, and that led to discussions with aircraft, boat, motorcycle and automobile manufacturers.
Performance is engraved in the Roger Dubuis DNA. With Lamborghini, the adrenaline rush of mutual recognition was there right from the start. Corporate philosophy, R&D vision, the same flair for charismatic lines and superlative technical engineering, as well as an attitude in sync with their demanding clients: this instinctive convergence is confirmed in every way. That initial positive vibe – between two iconic references in their respective fields and communities, two innovators in pursuit of ground-breaking technology, two designers who broke the rules – naturally grew and matured into a new lap.

Dare to be rare. Their determination to place technique in the service of beauty enables them to design creations that are aesthetically astonishing and radically different.

The landmark unveiling of this new partnership was naturally staged at the heart of Lamborghini’s R&D department: the legendary Centro Stile. For the first time ever, the celebratory dinner was held right in the middle of the production lines of the famous Aventador. A well-known Italian track was privatised for the occasion and guests were thus able to enjoy the adrenaline rush of an unforgettable driving experience.
Manufacture Roger Dubuis technical specialists drew inspiration from the Lamborghini spirit in rising to the challenge of creating the first timepiece collection embodying their natural affinities. The Excalibur Aventador Snow hits the track as the first horological expression of this high-speed partnership, channelling unreasonable sensations and exceptional power.

Determined to create an ultimate experience like sliding into a Lamborghini, the teams have shared their respective design skills. The resulting two models combine noble and high-tech materials while ensuring top-rate performance. These include multi-layered carbon and C-SMC carbon based on the same technology as that used for Lamborghini cars – a world premiere use of this material featured in the orange-liveried 8-piece limited edition.

The challenge lay in associating these materials with a sporting and sophisticated look, while maintaining an innate sense of luxury and prestige. The Roger Dubuis engineers and designers created a charismatic power control display forming a central signature in the middle of the watch – just like in the super sports car.

Living up to the “Powered by Raging Mechanics” signature, the Excalibur Aventador S is indeed driven by an outstanding ‘engine’ in the shape of the specially developed Duotor calibre. This Lamborghini-exclusive Roger Dubuis movement embodies an on-going evolution of the Maison’s expertise, entirely reinterpreted in light of this automobile alliance. Inspired by power in keeping with the proud Lamborghini tradition, and fuelled by the flair for technological complexity shared by the Geneva-based Manufacture.

The Duotor calibre is notably distinguished by engine strut bars revisiting the iconic Roger Dubuis Astral Skeleton principle, striking an astounding contrast with the rest of the movement, as if the engine ‘hood’ were transparent. Recalling the performance-enhancing longitudinal placement of Lamborghini engines tailored to the design of the sleek, streamlined cars, the double balance wheel is inclined at a similar angle, supported and highlighted by holders shaped like triangular wheel suspension assemblies.

The Excalibur Aventador S is available in two interpretations epitomising the “Dare to be rare” concept through respective 88- and 8-piece limited editions. The former bears the inimitable Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” yellow paint code picked up in a number of design features, while the even more exclusive series comes in “Arancio Argos”.

From spring 2018 onwards, Roger Dubuis will enjoy a particularly high-profile on-track presence as one of the main sponsors of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo: the legendary Lamborghini one-make series.

A wild beast capable of extreme performances, the brand-new Huracán Super Trofeo EVO will be attired in an all-new carbon fibre body kit developed with Dallara, one of the most influential Italian firms on the worldwide motorsport scene. New aerodynamic efficiency, powerful V10 5.2 litre naturally aspirated 620 hp engine, 6-speed sequential gearbox, this sophisticated speed machine is derived from the road version.

Technical details

Excalibur Aventador S, Version 1
Case
Skeletonized Excalibur Spider case, Ø45 mm, multi-layers carbon with titanium container overmolded with yellow rubber
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and yellow metallization
Fluted multi-layers carbon bezel
Titanium black DLC crown overmolded with yellow rubber
Black DLC Titanium and sapphire crystal case back
Thickness: 14.05 mm
Water resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)

Dial
Skeleton dial with rhodium plated, black and yellow flange, rhodium plated indexes filled with white luminous SLN, black PVD 18K Gold hours and minutes hands with yellow transfer and white luminous SLN tips, yellow seconds hand

Strap
Bi material strap with black rubber base and black rubber-tech inlay, yellow stitching
Clasp: Titanium black DLC, adjustable folding buckle

Production
88 pieces limited

Certification
Poinçon de Genève

Excalibur Aventador S, Version 2
Case
Skeletonized Excalibur Spider case, Ø45 mm, C-SMC carbon with titanium container overmolded with orange rubber
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and orange metallization
Fluted C-SMC carbon bezel with  orange markings
Titanium black DLC crown overmolded with orange rubber
Black DLC titanium and sapphire crystal case back
Thickness: 14.05 mm
Water resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)

Dial
Skeleton dial with C-SMC carbon, black PVD, orange and white flange, rhodium plated indexes filled with white luminous SLN, black PVD 18K Gold hours and minutes hands with orange transfer and black luminous SLN tips, orange seconds hand.

Strap
Bi material strap with black rubber base and black Alcantara inlay, orange stitching
Clasp: Titanium black DLC, adjustable folding buckle

Production
8 pieces limited

Certification
Poinçon de Genève

Movement
Calibre: Skeleton double sprung balances RD103SQ calibre
Features: Hand-wound mechanical calibre, double sprung balances, finely adjusted in six positions
Functions: Hours and Minutes, jumping second, power reserve indicator
Decorations: Poinçon de Genève certified finishings
Number of parts: 312 components
Jewels: 48
Diameter: 16 ’’’
Thickness: 7.80 mm
Frequency: 2X4Hz (57’600 vph)
Power-reserve: 40 hours

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