The year of the Astral Skeleton at Roger Dubuis, these are all of their new watches from this year's SIHH. All of their new debuts can be found on their website here.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Automatic Skeleton
ORIGINAL POST. Introducing the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Skeleton, a new watch from the prestigious manufacturer. Although the dial might make reading the time more difficult, the simple two-hand display keeps everything else simple. If you look, there actually isn't a tourbillon on this watch, which will result in a lower price (and therefore broaden their market). The movement is the RD820-SQ calibre (SQ = squelette, which refers to skeleton movements). Despite the fact that it does not feature a tourbillon, this watch still has many elements that are distinctly Roger Dubuis. The star-shaped bridges, the cuts in the bezel. These ensure that the watch will not be mistaken for something else. The watch also has a micro-rotor at 11. Despite the lack of a tourbillon, the retail price is nearly $100,000. Still a beautiful watch that carries the Geneva Seal though.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon
Featuring a bezel set with 60 baguette-cut diamonds, this watch is form over function. Although it still features a tourbillon, a serious watchmaking complication, the diamond bezel is the differentiating factor that make it look different from other Roger Dubuis watches. Roger Dubuis describes the bezel's technology best:
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon (with diamond bezel)
ORIGINAL POST . Here's another novelty from SIHH 2015. To best define this watch, think of it as the Excalibur Automatic Skeleton, but on steroids (and a sportier design). Rather than having a simple balance, this watch has a tourbillon. Rather than having a gold case, the Excaliber Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon uses a 45mm steel case. The leather strap has been replaced with rubber and the crown also has rubber on it. The hands have lume on them, when the last watch didn't. However, many design elements remain the same. The bridges are star-shaped, the notches in the bezel are still there, the lugs (although they have been skeletonized) are the same shape. Overall, it's another very strong offering from RD.
The precious stones are actually set into the rubber moulding over the metal bezel, calling for perfect mastery of the exact thickness and a technique based on plastic deformation. Two years of research, undertaken by the renowned Geneva-based gem-setting specialist Pascal Vincent Vaucher, were devoted to this astonishing technical feat and a “Soft Stones in the Sky” patent has been duly registered to protect this groundbreaking development.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon
A limited edition of 188 pieces (don't ask me how they got to that number), the watch is the top-of-the-line piece from Rober Dubuis. This watch, although it is complicated and exciting, still retains elements of simplicity, although it is nice to see a company that isn't afraid to design watches that won't appeal to mass markets.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Brocéliande
I will keep this last description relatively short, as I don't think this watch will be of much interest to many people reading this. Probably well over $100,000 this watch is clearly a ladies timepiece, with the diamonds, artwork, and red leather strap. It is a limited edition of just 28 pieces and the watch is adorned with about 3.45 carats of diamonds.
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