Roger Dubuis. The epitome of avant-garde haute horlogerie. The level of expertise, craftsmanship and intricacy in every one of their timepieces is absolutely outstanding. And then you have Lamborghini. Menacing, highly desirable and slightly insane. Now what happens when these two seemingly opposite worlds collide? Well, you get the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S!
The Excalibur Aventador S is a seriously beautiful timepiece. Skeletonisation at its best. The 45 mm multi-layered carbon case is without a doubt one of the highlights of the timepiece for me. Its casual, almost suave look foregoes the piece’s true potential.
This is an x-factor watch, there’s no two ways about it. The pops of yellow from the enlarged crown, the elongated deadbeat seconds hand, the hour and minute hand end-points as well as the outer rim and passing minute indicators blend perfectly into the darkness of the carbon case.
The sleek “bezel” is riveted, and the tri-lug system ensures comfort and security on your lucky wrist.
The openworked dial features rhodium plating, black and yellow flange, rhodium plated indexes, 18K gold hands and like I mentioned an elegantly lengthened yellow seconds hand.
There is black PVD that adorns the skeletonised dial, and looking at the piece from afar you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that you’re staring into the heart of the Lamborghini Aventador’s engine bay.
The double sprung balance wheels really add to the abstract nature of the Excalibur Aventador S, and while the layout of its internals are slightly askew, I personally love the way it looks.
The dotted purple jewels also add another element of colour differentiation which meshes wonderfully well with the differing contrasts of blacks, yellows, greys and whites. Whether Roger Dubuis intended to have such a dramatic visual affect with the Excalibur Aventador S is unknown (let’s be real, they probably did), but either way it is simply faultless.
The Excalibur Aventador S is powered by the RD103SQ, an in-house manufactured, manually wound deadbeat seconds mechanism that is both wonderful to watch in action and flawlessly executed.
It’s been stamped with the Poinçon de Genève, ensuring upmost quality, it’s been made up of 312 components and it’s good for just under 2-days’ worth of accurate timekeeping.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found out Roger Dubuis has integrated a deadbeat seconds mechanism into the Excalibur Aventador S. This is a fine complication whose importance within horology is just as significant as its almost theatrical aesthetic prowess.
The double sprung balance wheels (sitting at 10 and 4 o’clock, respectively) are linked by a differential, and their movement is likened to that of a horological dance, merely adding to the already delightful visual effect on the dial.
The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S is a superb timepiece. Supremely well put together, exquisitely beautiful and more than capable of commanding its hefty price tag.
The Excalibur Aventador S is a limited edition timepiece with a total of 88-pieces being made, with a cost of $185,000. This is by far an affordable timepiece, but for the specific market niche it was made for, it definitely presents a great purchasing option and a brilliant opportunity to get your hands on something that I guarantee will please and delight for many years to come.