Sports activities automobile costs have been going up over the previous few years (together with every thing else), and, on this occasion, the automobile is definitely priced greater than the watch. That’s spectacular given the roughly $850,000 USD worth level of this ultra-high-end Swiss Roger Dubuis timepiece. The 2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 vehicle that impressed it had a beginning worth of over $2.6 million, and was restricted to solely 112 automobiles. The newer Lamborghini Countach is probably not as disruptive as among the authentic fashions, however it’s nonetheless a extremely enviable trip from a model Roger Dubuis has been working with for quite a lot of years now. One of many newest limited-edition collaborations between the 2 luxurious firms consists of this Excalibur Spider reference RDDBEX0988 double flying tourbillon timepiece with a white-colored case produced from mineral composite fiber (MCF).
Experiences have been coming again that MCF is a tough materials to work with, so it’s unclear if Roger Dubuis will proceed with this fascinating materials sooner or later, however the idea is sound. Fashionable tendencies have high-end sophisticated watches just like the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider (the bottom mannequin) utilizing lighter-weight supplies and people from the phrases of automotive and different automobile racing. That has prompted the usage of varied carbon composite supplies which are valued as a consequence of their precise use in efficiency sports activities, fascinating natural textures, lighter weight, and, in fact, their exotic-sounding names. The place carbon has points is with lighter colours as a result of the bottom materials is black. How, then, do you obtain a high-end white-colored watch? One choice is white ceramic (zirconium dioxide, for instance), however that has points in the case of how exactly it may be machined (particularly with skeletonized elements) and likewise long-term sturdiness. (Whereas ceramic is extremely scratch resistant, solely sure shapes and thicknesses are shock-resistant sufficient.) Ceramic can be not significantly light-weight.
The search for white-colored supplies that may be minimize into the sophisticated shapes Roger Dubuis Excalibur watches typically discover themselves in led the Geneva-based group to mineral composite fiber. The fabric is good, however I feel the search will proceed for the right white case supplies which have the advantages of carbon and different fashionable composites. The case can be 47mm-wide with a bezel and different elements produced from titanium. The white colour on the bezel is utilized utilizing lacquer. Over the dial is a domed sapphire crystal, and the case is waterproof to 50 meters.
One can simply see how complicated the case building should be, together with the assorted supplies and lots of elements that go into it. That intricacy, in fact, pales compared to that of the caliber RD112 manually wound mechanical double-inclined tourbillon motion, which is designed and produced in-house by Roger Dubuis. The motion is all about visible impressions and technical specs. The 2 inclined tourbillon techniques are linked through a differential system and the 90-degree angle of the tourbillons truly presents extra accuracy over time than a horizontally angled one. That stated, that is undoubtedly an costly motion, and far of that price goes into its architectural look and complex building.
The caliber RD112 motion has 72 hours of energy reserve, whereas each of the tourbillons function at a frequency of 3Hz. The motion contains 295 elements and has a central bridge structure designed to evoke the rear window and physique part of the Countach automobile – full with window slats. Whereas the futuristic, automotive-inspired seems to be of the RD112 motion aren’t for everybody, it’s however a really spectacular mechanical sculpture and additional bears the distinguished Seal of Geneva (Poinçon de Genève), which is each an indicator of producing origin and of aesthetics and efficiency.
The enjoyable purple accents on the inside strap and caseback are good to have a look at if you take the watch off. You possibly can see that Roger Dubuis has a quick-release mechanism for the bespoke-made strap, which is slightly fascinating to have a look at but in addition admittedly very comfy to put on. As impractical as this watch is from each a design and price perspective, it’s remarkably comfy and never tough to learn when telling the time. Model is an fascinating factor to speak about as a result of whereas that is an official timepiece produced in collaboration with Lamborghini, the automobile maker’s title doesn’t seem on the watch. Somewhat, the “Countach” title is printed on the sapphire crystal caseback, with the dial of the watch having solely Roger Dubuis branding on it. This may be intentional due to the “automobile watch curse.”
That may be a tongue-in-cheek reference to among the extra aspiring car-branded timepieces that however didn’t achieve this properly with customers. One resolution to this which will have helped is a little more restraint with printing model names throughout a watch — which Roger Dubuis can actually be credited as having achieved on the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Countach White Mineral Composite Fiber 47mm timepiece.
Whereas this white MCF and titanium Excalibur Spider Countach timepiece may be very cool, additionally it is very area of interest and really costly. I like the aesthetic type Roger Dubuis goes for however really feel that the model doesn’t must purpose so excessive with the pricing. Perhaps only one tourbillon? Or a extra easy idea altogether? The thought is that the white case, aggressive futuristic styling, and model enchantment is maybe a bit extra palpable at extra down-to-earth costs. Little doubt, there are a number of individuals blissful to buy all eight of this limited-edition set, however I can’t assist however really feel that if this watch price within the $20,000 – $30,000 USD vary, it might assist Roger Dubuis broaden into that many extra markets. If or when that can occur is totally theoretical at this level. Till then, we now have these high-end delicacies to take pleasure in, and so they nonetheless price a bit lower than the automobiles that impressed them. Value for the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Countach Mineral Composite Fiber 47mm reference RDDBEX0988 is $851,000 USD. Learn more at the Roger Dubuis website.