While the Knights of the Round Table Monotourbillon is a limited release that will act as a gold standard product displaying the otherworldly skills of the Swiss watch brand, the new Excalibur Monobalancier from Roger Dubuis is a mainline launch that will enter serial production and will be here to stay for good. Just in case there’s any doubt, this timepiece will also highlight Roger Dubuis’ prowess as a watchmaker and its knack for avant-garde designs.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier
The new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier features a skeleton dial and the brand’s signature star-shaped bridge. Another interesting feature is the introduction of the self-winding micro-rotor caliber RD720SQ. The movement has an impressive 72-hour power reserve, with a micro-rotor that is made of pink-gold and tungsten. Roger Dubuis states that the movement has been optimized to minimise the effects of shocks and vibrations.
Getting Into the Details
Roger Dubuis also says the balance wheel inertia has been doubled in order to improve the stability of the movement. Along those same lines, the design of the escape wheel is new and more efficient, due to the use of diamond-coated silicon and the introduction of a new lubrication material and updated diamond-coated silicon pallet stones that can be easily adjusted.
The Excalibur Monobalancier also features an updated 42mm case in Roger Dubuis’ patented EON GOLD alloy, an improved type of 5N gold that is “more resistant to tarnishing when exposed to extreme conditions,” per the company. The sharply notched fluted bezel carries over from previous Excalibur watches, while the case has been primarily sand-blasted but retains a few polished angles.
Roger Dubuis is a watchmaker that has always associated its work with complications, intricacies, and exceptionalism. Whatever Roger Dubuis does is with the intent to push the boundaries of watchmaking. No wonder the brand calls itself the master of ‘hyper horology’. The new watches released by the brand are all that. They push this narrative and set a whole new benchmark for its contemporaries.
These new watches, despite their awkward irregularities and complexities, display tremendous character. These watches are beautifully crafted masterpieces that seal Roger Dubui’s skills as a master watchcrafter. Did you know Roger Dubuis is one of the few remaining Swiss watchmakers that pursue the Geneva seal? Well, now you know.