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Roger Dubuis: Excalibur Spider Charismatic variations on an inspirational theme

For the many watch lovers who have become keen fans of the Excalibur Spider collection since its launch in 2015, Manufacture Roger Dubuis introduces two dynamic new interpretations of a horological success story drawing upon multiple sources of inspiration.


Acknowledged as the pioneer of contemporary skeleton calibres, as well as a specialist in architectural and technical mechanics, Roger Dubuis proudly showcases both these claims to fame in distinctively colourful 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 Spider collection is a decidedly contemporary interpretation of horological traditions. Commenting on this choice of name, Product Strategy Director Gregory Bruttin highlights the parallels between the Manufacture and “the patient, meticulous and inventive nature of the work done by this resourceful arachnid as it daily spins its web in ever more novel and intricate patterns, reinventing its craft and constantly adapting it to new situations”.


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, expertise, performance and durability.


The unmistakable 3D aesthetic impact, combined with the inherent sophistication characterising these “Technical Skeletons”, is thus reinforced by the external skeleton- working that accentuates the distinctive movement architecture.


The RD505SQ calibre powering the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon models also features two other Roger Dubuis technical characteristics that have become easily recognisable signatures: the micro-rotor and the flying tourbillon with its carriage shaped like a Celtic cross. These fascinating creations are perfect embodiments of the Manufacture’s consistent ability to innovate and surprise.


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 armour includes the round case, fluted bezel, triple lugs and Dauphine-type hands that devotees have come to know and love.


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 latter is enhanced by the use of titanium for the “container”, flange, screws and folding clasp, giving a pleasantly light and comfortable feel on the wrist.


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. A typical Roger Dubuis blend of practicality and iconoclastic aesthetics. Optimal legibility in any lighting conditions is ensured by the Superluminova enhancing the tips of the hands and the applied screws on the flange.


Fiery red or true blue
In these vivid and dynamic new 2016 interpretations, colourful 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 mean-looking black rubber strap, while the blue variation is fitted with an über-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.


Astral Skeleton complexity and functionality; arachnidan lightness and intricacy; Poinçon
de Genève durability and performance: these sterling qualities are matched by the contemporary Warrior’s unique sense of honour and energized by vibrant touches of colour. Fascinatingly varied yet complementary influences converge and collide in these exhilarating new expressions of the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon.