Roger Dubuis The Space Spiders
In 2013, Roger Dubuis created the astounding Excalibur Quatuor with four balance wheels, followed by the Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon in 2014. This year, the Manufacture’s signature double tourbillon watches, exactly a decade after it first released, come in skeletonised version. Inspired by spiders, the new references showcase the aesthetics of architecture and beauty of cosmos.
Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon
One may not understand all the astronomy and physics jargons in “Interstellar”, but would be touched by the interpretation of love and time. And it is a coincidence that Roger Dubuis introduces a brand new space spider concept and presents us the Spider Skeleton collection with an original and visually appealing design.
Alvaro Maggini, Creative Director of Roger Dubuis, is well-known for transposing the ultra-miniaturised scale of movement into a monumental structure. “People entering Roger Dubuis’ booth at this year’s SIHH will feel as if they are being drawn into a mesmerising constellation.” said Maggini. Their iconic skeleton movements are ready to steal the limelight at the show, while the star of the latest collection is no doubt the 47mm Excalibur Spider Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon in titanium. The skeletonised RD01SQ hand-wound movement is designed in part spider and part star within a multi-level construction, lending a stunning visual impact to the piece.
Loaded with an intricate movement, the watch boasts a bezel with minute markers, while the fiery red aluminum on the chapter ring, crown and the side of the case stand out to feature a sporting character. Besides, the titanium screws acting as hour markers on the chapter ring as well as the hands are coated with Super-LumiNova to ensure excellent legibility even at night. The watch comes in a limited edition of 188 pieces.
The star-shaped bridges are the highlight of the collection.
Alvaro Maggini, Creative Director of Roger Dubuis, said people entering Roger Dubuis’ booth
at this year’s SIHH will feel as if they are being drawn into a mesmerising constellation.
Skeleton Flying Tourbillon
Housed merely a single tourbillon, this avant-garde piece is seen for the first time a rubber bezel set with diamonds dial. Both materials could last forever in nature. And it is surely a breakthrough that the sawtooth-edged bezel, a hallmark of the sporty Excalibur family, is made of an elastic material – rubber. Embedded with 60 baguette-cut diamonds (2.24 carats in total), the watch is bestowed a glossy yet robust look.
To perfectly set the diamonds into the rubber mounting on the metal bezel, it requires a technique of handling the exact thickness and plastic deformation. The Manufacture has spent two years of research to achieve this technical feat and register a “Stones in the Sky” patent. What’s more, the black DLC titanium case and the sparkling diamonds provide a striking contrast.
Besides the 88 pieces “Stones in the Sky” limited edition, a non-limited titanium version is also on offer, both in 45mm and equipped with the RD505SQ hand-wound movement offering 50 hours power reserve.
The tourbillon of the RD505SQ hand-wound movement sits at 7:30.
Equipped with the RD820SQ automatic movement with a micro-rotor on the dial side, the Excalibur Automatic Skeleton unites the classic design of the Manufacture and the spider-shaped build. This piece from the skeleton line-up features the architectural design displaying various elements like maze, map, tattoo-like spider’s web and star-shaped bridges. Should you examine closer, you’ll find that the tips of the star all point to the hour markers. Not only can it enhance the stability of the bridges and movement but also achieve an aesthetically pleasing layout, highlighting the sheer mastery of the Manufacture.
Most importantly, like all Roger Dubuis calibres, the movements of these “spiders”- with no exception – are stamped with the Geneva Seal. The piece comes in 45mm rose gold case with the structured movement parts, exuding a spectacular 3D effect. Last but not least, the Manufacture in 2005 created its first movement with a central rotor; after a decade, it goes a step further by rolling out the very first skeletonised movement with a micro-rotor. (Prices to be confirmed)
The RD820SQ automatic movement is composed of 167 parts.