INTRODUCING: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monotourbillon Dragon
A notable tribute to the mythical creature combines unrivalled craftsmanship with a modern tourbillon design.
Roger Dubuis’ extraordinary Excalibur collection is often associated with its extravagantly beautiful Knights of the Round Table watches, but there is more to this family than Arthurian releases. The Excalibur is also home to a series of ‘hyper horology’ models with extremely skeletonised movements, fascinating complications, and tourbillons. The new Excalibur Monotourbillon Dragon, released for the upcoming Lunar New Year, is a good example. Among the many dragon-themed watches unleashed to fete the Year of the Dragon, this particular rendition is rather distinct. Rather than the typical form of the five-clawed imperial dragon, it showcases a more abstract and contemporary interpretation of the Chinese zodiac animal.
The Excalibur Monotourbillon Dragon depicts a dragon that can be seen on both sides of the watch. It is crafted using 27 pieces of brass, each embellished with black lacquer on the sides with a pink gold treatment on top. In the watchmaker’s inventive style, the pieces are set on 25 different levels, creating a visual depth that is almost lifelike. On the reverse, the same metallic dragon is encased inside the caseback’s sapphire crystal. It precisely matches the view from the front, as if the dragon envelopes the movement.
The Excalibur Monotourbillon Dragon is powered by the manual-winding RD512SQ movement. Like all of the Manufacture’s watches, it bears the Poinçon de Genève, one of the most prestigious certifications of haute horlogerie. However, in place of a star-shaped bridge, the sinuous dragon anchors and secures the movement’s components instead. The head coils around the barrel, and its body goes across the dial, tailing off at the 10 o’clock position.
The fully skeletonised calibre has a power reserve of three days when fully wound, and it proudly displays its flying tourbillon at the 7 o’clock position. The lower tourbillon cage is made of non-magnetic titanium, which is twice as light as stainless steel, while the upper tourbillon cage is made from mirror-finished cobalt chrome, which is also non-magnetic.
The 42mm pink gold case is mounted with a brass flange, which has been given a pink gold galvanic treatment, along with indexes filled with black Super-LumiNova. A versatile quick-release system for the strap allows easy changing from the provided black calfskin leather strap to one of your choosing.
Limited to just 28 pieces, the Excalibur Monotourbillon Dragon is an unrivalled tribute to this auspicious occasion as it delivers an elaborate and inspiring vision of the mighty dragon while furnishing the wearer with an exemplary example of a modern tourbillon.
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