Swiss luxury watch maker Roger Dubuis Excalibur Flying Tourbillon presents Excalibur Single Flying Tourbillon, the most recent interpretation of their hyper horology creations. Enhanced with meticulous care, this new timepiece is reinterpreted with sophistication and flair using modern and technical materials. The new design showcases clean cut lines on both case and movement. The new RD512SQ calibre creates the impression of a thinner look and feel, while heightening the sense of transparency and depth. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Flying Tourbillon star now levitates freely above the barrel. A strong visual identity is created with a signature two-line pattern – seen between the notch on the crown and bezel, the star’s arms, the tourbillon’s cage, the hour’s marking on the flange, the hands – all of which cleverly appear as though they will meet but never do. Certified by Poinçon de Genève, this fine watchmaking movement features decorations such as circular-brushed top surfaces and polished angles that demonstrate Roger Dubuis’ imaginative approach. Each component of the movement is manually finished in-house. The new RD512SQ calibre comes with a titanium lower tourbillon cage – twice lighter than stainless steel – and a mirror-polished Cobalt Chrome upper tourbillon cage, the weight of the piece is reduced to optimum effect. This allows the power reserve to be radically optimised to 72 hours. The non-magnetic material used inside the tourbillon improves chronometric performance. To facilitate a comfortable experience around the wrists, the brand now offers a range of entirely new strap sizes. With 5 sizes from 0 to 4, finding the perfect strap ensures the buckle is always centred on the wrist, as a Quick Release System offers ultimate flexibility. The 42mm case is only available in eighty-eight pieces per colourway: Dark Grey DLC Titanium, Cobalt Chrome CarTech Micro-Melt BioDur CCMTM and the new EON GOLD, a pink gold shade that remains more stable thanks to non-tarnish technology.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Flying Tourbillon has showcased a host of new developments in its latest quartet of flying tourbillons, including a new tarnish-free rose gold alloy and a new technique that makes its diamonds luminescent.
The brand, which only produces watches adhering to the Poinçon de Genève quality mark, has been hard at work developing new calibres, smaller cases, reducing the weight of its tourbillons using cobalt chrome cage fronts and redefining the signature star-shaped bridges at the heart of each watch.
Roger Dubuis has produced a new 18k pink gold alloy called EON Gold, which solves the problem of pink gold discoloring over time, often caused by the addition of copper. EON Gold is instead ‘fixed’ through the addition of zinc and palladium and has been formulated to retain its original tone and lustre. Here it is used for the 42mm case and lugs of the flying tourbillon model.
Roger Dubuis is also debuting a unique twist on the traditional gem-set watch with Glow Me Up which, as the name suggests, does indeed glow in the dark. The new technique takes advantage of the grooves cut into the reverse of gemstones to allow for invisible setting. Here those grooves are filled with Super-LumiNova meaning that in low-light conditions, each diamond is backlit by the luminous material. But the brand isn’t finished there having also applied Super-LumiNova directly to the bevels of the movement to allow it to outline the familiar star-shaped bridges at the heart of every Roger Dubuis Excalibur Flying Tourbillon. Limited to eight piece, the boutique exclusive Excalibur Glow Me Up! housed in a 42mm 18k EON gold case
Focused on the crisp contrast between its 42mm 18k white gold case and the electric blue coating applied to its skeletonized 3Hz RD512SQ movement, the watch also features a 60-second flying tourbillon, has a 72-hour power reserve and is secured on a padded blue calfskin strap with a titanium clasp. Limited to 88 pieces,
More covert in appearance, this limited edition flying tourbillon features a 42mm DLC-coated titanium case and color-matched NAC coated movement bridges with a 60-second flying tourbillon at the seven o’clock position of its RD512SQ calibre. The watch is water resistant to 100m and is secured on a quick release, padded black calfskin strap fastened by a titanium clasp.