Roger Dubuis Inks Lamborghini Collab with the Excalibur Aventador S

Boasting a newly developed, double-regulator movement.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Yellow 2

Having forged a partnership with tyre-maker Pirelli, which was announced at SIHH 2017, and a subsequent tie-up with Italdesign GiugiaroRoger Dubuis continues to deepen its association with motorsport by partnering with one of its most legendary marques, Lamborghini.

“The collaboration came by chance, and it became kind of a love story quite quickly,” explains Edouard Cottin, the watchmaker’s International Sales Director. “We were thinking about associating our brand with other universes, and we wanted to find an interesting angle in terms of product innovation, with regards to mechanics, materials as well as design.”

Excalibur Aventador S Orange

“We’re not in a fun industry,” says Cottin, “but we have more and more millennials who are out looking for fun. If you can add different dimensions to a one-dimensional product; a disruptive approach to a classical product, they are very receptive.” For its Pirelli collaboration, Roger Dubuis introduced a series of colour coded watches with straps featuring rubber inlays made from tyres used on race-winning Formula 1 cars.

Offering the perfect parallel, Lamborghini’s purposeful positioning as a brand that transcends automobiles is winning over a new generation of consumers, becoming deeply embedded in pop culture – with celebrities from Drake to Kanye West to Justin Bieber owning its aggressively styled cars. In contrast to its more refined and docile rival in Maranello, Lamborghini is the unrelenting wild child of Italian supercars.

Roger Dubuis Lamborghini Huracan-ST EVO-01

Huracàn Super Trofeo EVO © 2017 Automobili Lamborghini

But this partnership isn’t just a mere exercise in marketing pageantry; the watches ultimately speak for themselves. Accompanying the announcement are the Excalibur Aventador S limited editions.

Both are powered by the Duotor, a skeletonised calibre inspired by the naturally aspirated V12 that’s been the power plant in every flagship Lamborghini since its first production sports car, the 350 GT of 1964.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Yellow

“We worked jointly with the engineers and designers of [Lamborghini design studio] Centro Stile to translate the features of the engine into the movement.” The Duotor calibre was derived from the Roger Dubuis Quatuor movement, which featured four inclined balance wheels linked by differentials.

The Duotor, however, has two balance wheels and is distinguished by “engine strut bars”, movement bridges and cocks modelled on the carbon fibre cross brace above the V12 inside the Aventador S. Like the Quatuor, the double balance wheels of the Duotor are inclined, both supported by bridges shaped like a triangular wheel suspension assembly. Also, it features a dead-beat seconds complication and a power reserve indicator.

The Excalibur Aventador S is available in two iterations, both 45mm in diameter. The first is clad in Lamborghini’s unmistakable Giallo Orion, or Orion yellow, with a case made of multi-layered carbon composite.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S 2

The second is in Arancio Argos, or Argos orange, and uses a C-SMC composite – short for “carbon sheet moulding compound” for both the case and movement bridges.

“It was a huge challenge to attain the Poinçon de Genève because carbon is a composite, and [the material] is not within the perimeters of the certification,” says Cottin, “The only exception is Roger Dubuis. We started this year with the Excalibur Spider Carbon Flying Tourbillon and we decided to continue using it. With carbon, we are judged by exactly the same standards of finishing.”

The Duotor with C-SMC bridges

The next step in the partnership comes in 2018, when Roger Dubuis becomes one of the main sponsors of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, the racing series formerly sponsored by Blancpain.

Price and Availability

The Excalibur Aventador S Yellow (ref. RDDBEX0613) is priced at S$279,000 (about US$208,000). It is a limited edition of 88 watches.

And limited to just eight watches, the Excalibur Aventador S Orange (ref. RDDBEX0624) with the carbon composite movement is priced at S$387,000 (approximately US$288,000).


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Klokers Introduces the Retro-Style KLOK-08

The quirky and affordable slide rule watch, now simplified and vintage-inspired.
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After two successful releases launched – the KLOK-01 and KLOK-02 – watch startup Klokers is now onto its third watch, the KLOK-08, which will soon take to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter in October.

Once again inspired by the slide rule, just like the KLOK-01, the KLOK-08 tells the time with two concentric disks instead of three as on the KLOK-01, offering more room on the dial.

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The outermost disc displays the hours and minutes while the innermost disc displays the seconds. Each disc rotates counter-clockwise, meaning that the dial is constantly in motion. Time is indicated by way of a vertical magnifying strip superimposed on the crystal for greater legibility. Powering the discs is a quartz calibre made by Swiss movement manufacturer Ronda.

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While the mechanism is similar to that on the KLOK-01, the watch packs some retro vim. It is available in three combinations: a white dial with a pink-gold-plated case, black and beige dial, or grey and orange dial with a stainless steel case.

Given the primacy that Klokers gives to design, it’s no surprise that the brand also addressed the trend of downsized watches. While its two earlier models were 44mm and 43mm respectively, the KLOK-08 measures 39mm, making it a more comfortable and universal fit for both men and women.

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A patented fixing system also found on Klokers’ earlier models allows the case to the slide on and off the strap with the pushback button at eight o’clock. The standalone watch head can also be attached to a fob as a pocket watch, or onto a leather pouch that sits upright, turning it into a desk clock.

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There are four strap options available to suit different style inclinations: leather, alcantara, textile strap and a steel Milanese bracelet. All of which can be worn singularly as an accessory.

Price and availability 

The KLOK-08 is available for pre-order at €149 when you sign up here, or €379 at the start of the campaign.


 

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George Daniels Space Traveller Pocket Watch Sells for US$4.32m

Making it the most expensive English watch ever.
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The seminal George Daniels Space Travellers Watch – widely regarded as the English watchmaker’s prime creation – has just sold at Sotheby’s in London for £3.20m, or about US$4.32m, including buyer’s fees.

Going for well above the estimate of £1.2m to £1.8m, the Space Travellers Watch hammered for £2.7m, going to a victorious bidder who was in the room, bidding in person.

It reached that level, a record for a Daniels timepiece, after swift and spirited bidding. Though the bidding started with several prospective buyers, once it hit £1.9m only two were left standing. In the end it was down to an collector based in Asia who was bidding by phone, and the eventual winner in the room who, unusually, was not a recognisable face within the watch auction business.

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But by all accounts the Space Travellers Watch will remain in the U.K., so the British isles get to keep its greatest modern day horological creation.


 

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