Roger Dubuis x Lamborghini Squadra Corse: Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition
Roger Dubuis x Lamborghini join in Limited Edition Excalibur Aventador S showing skills of the Manufacture and the automaker with an exclusive double sprung balance calibre.
Between the cross-junctions of engineering and precision timing, motorsports (well, literally all competitions which involve speed) and watchmaking have long held a synergistic relationship; thus the collaboration between Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Squadra Corse and the birth of the new 88 (+8) piece limited edition of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S is no mere happenstance.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition: Developed with Lamborghini
Stemming from a shared focus on aesthetics in their respective R&D driven approaches, Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Squadra Corse Excalibur Aventador S combines the respective design skills of Manufacture Roger Dubuis and the legendary Centro Stile R&D department of Lamborghini into a limited edition Excalibur watch which combines high horology with high material technology including multi-layered carbon and C-SMC carbon, same technology as that used for Lamborghini super cars.
“Like Lamborghini, we deliver ‘engines’ distinguished by their extreme quality and cutting edge performance. But like the owners of such exceptional Italian hypercars, our customers are above all interested in standout aesthetics that ensure instant recognition matched by ultra exclusivity and rarity. Combining our in-house talents to deliver exceptional timepieces and unique experiential value naturally implies shifting into high gear, our favourite mode of operation.” – Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué
In terms of styling, the challenge in creating a sophisticated, sporty aesthetic fell to Roger Dubuis engineers and designers to jointly create a power control display in the middle of the watch face and calibre, much like the central signature of your regular (if such a pedestrian term was appropriate) super sports car.
The Roger Dubuis 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 ongoing evolution of the Maison’s expertise and budding relationship with super automobile manufacturer; tying the relational aesthetics of the Limited Edition Excalibur Aventador S with the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo beginning with the signature engine strut bars by revisiting the architecture of the iconic Roger Dubuis Astral Skeleton and incorporating the exposed “engine module” but essentially the power reserve indicator of the RD103SQ calibre with Skeleton double sprung balances in homage to the V10 5.2 litre naturally aspirated 620 hp of the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO.
In terms of functionality, the new Excalibur Aventador S is no mere three hand time-only timepiece. The latest Aventador S comes with not just the eye-catching power reserve indicator but also a nifty “jumping seconds” or dead seconds complication which served as a progenitor for chronographs in terms of “to-the-second” timing precision.
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 mew Excalibur Aventador S is available in two limited edition interpretations epitomising the “Dare to be rare” concept: An 88 piece collection bearing the Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” yellow colourways while a remaining, super exclusive 8 piece orange-liveried Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Limited Edition Price & Specs
Case 45mm Skeletonized Excalibur multi-layers carbon with titanium container overmolded with rubber, water resistant to 50m
Dial Skeleton dial with rhodium plated, black and yellow or orange flange, rhodium plated indexes filled with white luminous Superluminova
Movement RD103SQ Caliber: Skeleton double sprung balances
Strap Bi material strap with black rubber base and black rubber-tech inlay and matching stitching
Price For the 88 piece Aventador S EX613 with yellow accents US$185,000, and the 8 piece Aventador S EX624 with orange accents is priced US$205,000
Words by Jonathan Ho.