Roger Dubuis is once again taking the lead in the world of pulsating chronograph design, firmly establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in the realm of Hyper Horology™. The Maison is showing no signs of slowing down as it accelerates through the gears of innovation and performance. This time, it’s all about the new Excalibur Spider Revuelto Flyback Chronograph – a watch that not only pays homage to Roger Dubuis’ enduring partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse but also draws inspiration from the awe-inspiring Lamborghini Revuelto, a groundbreaking creation in the world of high-speed automobiles and the very first super sports V12 hybrid plug-in HPEV (High Performance Electrified Vehicle).
From its vibrant colors to its aerodynamic curves, the Excalibur Spider Revuelto Flyback Chronograph is a testament to Roger Dubuis’ commitment to delighting supercar enthusiasts with spellbinding creativity. However, it’s not just about aesthetics; this timepiece represents a powerful synergy between traditional watchmaking DNA and groundbreaking mechanics, thrusting it into the spotlight of high horology.
The journey to this fifth generation of chronograph design has been one of continuous improvement and innovation. Roger Dubuis’ expertise and know-how have evolved to exceptional standards over the years, resulting in the creation of the latest masterpiece.
In 2023, two remarkable watches have marked the return of the chronograph complication to the Maison’s collection. The first, a revolutionary concept design called the Monovortex™ Split-Seconds Chronograph, was unveiled at Watches and Wonders Geneva. Following this, the Excalibur Spider Flyback Chronograph was launched at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, further solidifying Roger Dubuis’ position as a leader in high-performance timekeeping.
The Excalibur Spider Revuelto Flyback Chronograph, the latest addition to this extraordinary collection, is powered by the RD780, a caliber that stands apart from conventional chronograph movements. With an impressive 72-hour power reserve, the RD780 is designed to astonish at every turn. One standout feature is the Flyback function, which sets this caliber apart and allows for the instantaneous restart of the timer function while the chronograph is still running.
What truly distinguishes this caliber is Roger Dubuis’ daring approach. Unlike the rational, modular approach followed by many, the watchmakers here built the caliber from scratch, seamlessly integrating the chronograph complication into the movement. This process, although time-consuming, results in a caliber that not only tells time but also measures it, all while expressing its own unique aesthetic identity.
One of the most striking features is the prominent column wheel, placed at 6 o’clock. This intricate component governs the start, stop, and reset of the chronograph and enhances the smoothness of the pushers. The column wheel is not just functional; it’s also a symbol of technical excellence and a mark of distinction in watchmaking.
Turning the watch over, you’ll discover the caliber’s vertical clutch through the caseback. This clutch, resembling the gear system of a supercar, incorporates an innovative Second Braking System (SBS). This patent-pending feature provides additional stability to the chronograph seconds hand and significantly reduces its flicker, resulting in a sharper stop – a detail that enthusiasts will surely appreciate.
At 3 o’clock, there’s a playful surprise: the 120° Rotating Minute Counter (RMC). Crafted with an unconventional isotoxal shape, it features a patent-pending tripartite hand that accurately rotates past the 0-9 digits on the right when the chronograph is activated. It’s a testament to the caliber’s precision and ingenuity.
The RD780’s performance is further elevated by the tilted balance wheel at 9 o’clock, boasting the same level of inertia as a tourbillon for robust resistance to everyday knocks. The diamond-coated silicon escapement wheel and pallet-stones ensure exceptional anti-magnetic properties. The caliber is proudly backed by the prestigious Poinçon de Genève certification, a mark of fine watchmaking that demands hand-decoration of all 333 components and rigorous testing before and after casing.
The exterior of this 45 mm timepiece embodies speed and precision. Adorned in vibrant orange and green, it captures the attention with the eye-catching colors synonymous with supercars. The watch’s most Revuelto-inspired element is the signature “Y” shape bar on the dial, mirroring the headlights of Lamborghini’s V12 hybrid supercar. The lightweight carbon case complements this design, featuring sharp lines, essential notches, and precise symmetry – hallmarks of the Excalibur Spider collection.
The case is equipped with skeletonized pushers and a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel, reminiscent of materials used in supercar construction, such as brakes. The multi-dimensional engineering is evident throughout, with various surface levels, a floating tachymeter scale, and a lower date display arranged at dynamic angles and heights.
Even from the back, the rotor showcases five arms, resembling a supercar’s wheel rims, and is accentuated by Roger Dubuis’ signature sharp lines, adding a touch of speed to delight racing enthusiasts.
Completing the captivating look, the Excalibur Spider Revuelto Flyback Chronograph is presented on a green rubber strap with orange stitching. It features a Quick Release System, allowing wearers to change the strap in seconds for versatility. This timepiece is limited to just 88 pieces, a number that holds significance as Mr. Roger Dubuis’ lucky number, and it can be found on the watch’s floating tachymeter scale.
To experience the exhilaration of witnessing this watch up close, there’s only one place to be. The Excalibur Spider Revuelto Flyback Chronograph makes its thrilling debut at Watches and Wonders Shanghai, from September 13 to 17, where it takes center stage at the Hyper Life Factory showcase, offering enthusiasts a chance to immerse themselves in the world of Hyper Horology™.
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