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Introducing the Excalibur Automatic Skeleton Carbon

Roger Dubuis

Jason Pitsch

SIHH Preview: Excalibur Automatic Skeleton Carbon

Jason Pitsch

Originally launched at SIHH 2015, the Excalibur Automatic Skeleton – which is currently offered in pink gold or black titanium – was Roger Dubuis’ first non-tourbillon skeleton timepiece. For 2016, the Genevan watchmaker will launch a new version housed in a high-tech composite material called: carbon fiber sheet moulding compound (SMC). SMC is a lightweight material used in the aerospace industry because of its “extremely high productivity and cost efficiency while also enabling excellent part reproducibility and the possibility of creating components with complex shapes and integrated functions,” according to the manufacture. The material is produced by compressing carbon fibers with resin and steel moulded at extremely high temperatures, and then it is reworked and compounded with resin. The result is a distinctive look – similar to that of the Carbotech material used by Panerai – that is half the

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Roger Dubuis opens Madison Avenue flagship boutique

Last night, Jean-Marc Pontroué christened the first US Roger Dubuis boutique – located at 545 Madison Ave – with a champagne toast. Pontroué stated that the flagship store is a key part of the company’s worldwide boutique expansion plan that will eventually include all of the world’s top destination cities, with a Los Angeles boutique scheduled to open in 2016. Located in between 54th and 55th Streets on Madison Avenue (Midtown), Roger Dubuis NYC is open Monday through Saturday (10-6 pm).

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Introducing the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pocket Time Instrument

At Watches & Wonders 2015, in Hong Kong, Roger Dubuis debuted a pocket watch based on their ultra-complicated in-house RD101 movement powers the Excalibur Quatuor, which was introduced at SIHH in 2013. Housed inside a 60 mm titanium case, and attached to a titanium chain, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pocket Time is a contemporary version of the pocket watch, to say the least. According to the manufacture, “The most immediately noticeable feature of this movement, vividly highlighted here in the Excalibur Spider Pocket Time Instrument, is, of course, its four sprung balances. Working in pairs to provide immediate compensation for the rate variations caused by the changes in position, this efficient foursome enables the movement to operate at the stunning frequency of 16 Hz and thus ensures an exceptional degree of precision. In addition, the Roger Dubuis double moon-crescent

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Roger Dubuis Hommage Millésime Pocket Watch

Roger Dubuis is launching the first of a unique series of timepieces based on antique movement blanks gifted by Mr Roger Dubuis himself, and each will be restored using the most authentic high-watchmaking techniques. This series coincides with the 20th anniversary of the manufacture Roger Dubuis and will include 20 different creations, one for each year the company has been in existence. All of the restoration piece will bear the Poinçon de Genève seal and include a perpetual, either by itself, or along with one of these three horological complications: minute repeater, tourbillon or chronograph. The Hommage Millésime is presented in a 60 mm by 22 mm pink gold pocket watch case with Roger Dubuis’ signature hand engraved on the officers-type (hinged cover over top of sapphire) caseback. The bezel is polished, as are the buttons, minute repeater lever and

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Jason Pitsch

Hands-On with Roger Dubuis Excalibur Automatic Skeleton

Jason Pitsch

This year at SIHH, Roger Dubuis introduced a brand new time-only Excalibur model, available in three variations, and powered by a new in-house movement. The Excalibur Automatic Skeleton shares the distinctive styling of the collection, namely the famous “star shape” skeletonized movement, but sans the tourbillon (or double tourbillon). And importantly, it is an automatic, not a manual wind. This is achieved without obstructing the view of the movement components thanks to a micro-rotor (located between 10 and 11 o’clock). The Excalibur Automatic Skeleton in black DLC titanium (which we went hands-on with) is the sportier model in the collection, with a matte black finished case, bezel and crown. Its dimensions are conservative at 42 mm by 11.44 mm, that when combined with the lightweight of the titanium makes for a very comfortable fit on the wrist (the tourbillon models

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Introducing the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon

Every year, Roger Dubuis introduces one marque timepiece. A super sports watch, so to speak. This year, that timepiece is the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon. In addition to the caliber RD01SQ double flying tourbillon skeleton movement, the highlight here is the black DLC titanium case with skeletonized lugs, case sides, and notched natural titanium bezel. Interestingly, the different 3D elements of the watch are visually enhanced by the combination of fire red accents – particularly the red aluminum inner bezel ring that is even visible through the side of the case – against the dark components of the movement and case.

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Pre-SIHH 2015: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon

In addition to the Excalibur Automatic Skeleton that we showed you last week, Roger Dubuis will also be debuting the Excalibur Spider Flying Tourbillon at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie next month. The new timepiece is presented in an ultra-light titanium case, with a black aluminum caseband (it measures 45 mm by 13.75 mm). Fittingly, the lugs have been skeletonized, enhancing the sporty nature of the watch, as well as further reducing the total weight. The dial is fully skeletonized with a black chapter ring, a white minute track and titanium screws that mark the hours. The hour and minute hands are in a black DLC treated gold and have been skeletonized. A one-minute flying tourbillon, adorned with a tourbillon carriage in the shape of a Celtic cross, is located at 7 o’clock. The movement, caliber RD505SQ, is

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Pre-SIHH 2015: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Automatic Skeleton

Roger Dubuis will debut a new time-only version of their popular Excalibur Skeleton collection at SIHH 2015. It will be presented in a 42 mm pink gold case, with the same aesthetic as the tourbillon models, such as the distinctive grey rhodium-plated and circular grained skeletonized bridges, but in an automatic with just hours and minutes.

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Early Roger Dubuis chronograph to be auctioned

The manufacture Roger Dubuis was founded by the watchmaker Roger Dubuis in 1995. In 2008, the Richemont bought a majority stake in the brand, at which time Roger Dubuis and no longer provided input. Interestingly, while this timepiece is not expected to reach an astronomical number, it illustrates how much of a departure the design of the earlier watches is from the watches the brand is known for today.

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The Roger Dubuis Hommage collection

The new Roger Dubuis Hommage collection pays tribute to Rober Dubuis the watchmaker and the collection he first launched in 1995. The brand’s fifth line of watches will sit alongside the: Excalibur, Velvet, La Monegasque and Pulsion collections.

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