INTRODUCING: 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.
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 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 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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