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INTRODUCING: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Titanium

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Titanium.

Roger Dubuis presents its first watch in full titanium. 

At Watches and Wonders Geneva, Roger Dubuis unveiled a “Hyper Horology” concept watch, the Monovortex Split-Seconds Chronograph. The watch is a concept timepiece demonstrating the company’s ultra-complicated watchmaking skills. Although the Monovortex isn’t available for purchase, the brand debuted a new watch in full titanium this month, its first with a titanium case and bracelet.  

Roger Dubuis has been using titanium in its cases for some time. With a high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and hypoallergenic qualities, it’s an ideal material for avant-garde watchmaking. The Excalibur Monobalancier Titanium uses grade 5 titanium which can be finished to a mirror polish, which the watchmaker applies to this timepiece on the chamfers of the crown guards, curved lugs, and notched bezel.

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Titanium in titanium case and bracelet.
The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Titanium in titanium case and bracelet.

What is new about this watch is its grade 5 titanium bracelet, a first for Roger Dubuis. The lugs on the 42mm case middle are carefully designed with strong curves that wrap around the wrist, joining a three-link bracelet that tapers slightly into the folding clasp. The titanium bracelet and case mean this watch is approximately one-third lighter than a stainless steel model and incredibly comfortable to wear.  

The skeleton movement features a NAC treatment that gives the watch a black-and-silver monochromatic look.
The skeleton movement features a NAC treatment that gives the watch a black-and-silver monochromatic look.

The watch is skeletonised, with a cut-out minute track ring that sits over the RD720SQ movement. The automatic calibre is powered by a micro-rotor that’s visible from the dial, with its diamond-coated silicon escapement positioned just below. The bridges of the movement feature an NAC coating, a galvanic treatment that gives it an anthracite colouring, with a five-point star design that’s iconic to the brand. The hour and minute hands feature a similar cut-out and hyper-modern design as the bridges and minute track.  

The full titanium bracelet with satin finished, vertically brushed and mirror polished surfaces is a first for Roger Dubuis.
The full titanium bracelet with satin-finished, vertically brushed, and mirror-polished surfaces is a first for Roger Dubuis

The satin, vertically brushed, and polished finishings of this monochromatic watch give it a futuristic look that will still look trendy 50 years from now. The Excalibur Monobalancier Titanium is available at all authorised retailers today.  

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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