The style, design and functionality of the new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Huracán Monobalancier is inspired by the Swiss watch brand’s longtime partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the iconic car manufacturer’s motorsport department.
It is the latest in the Swiss watch brand’s “hyper horology” offerings, a term it uses to describe its high-tech watches with innovative mechanisms and high complications. It’s the type of timepiece developed by the specialized watch brand that has given it an exclusive following among a close-knit group of watch enthusiasts who are passionate about high-tech and innovative horology.
The brand says the red, white and blue colors of the skeletonized timepiece are a tribute to the 1980s and ‘90s racing liveries. Every element of the watch is embedded with supercar style, adopting sculpted shapes and features that define the famous Lamborghini Huracán.
The watch is powered by the RD630 Caliber automatic movement, created specifically for its partnership with Lamborghini. It has a twin barrel power supply that gives it a 60-hour power reserve. The caliber is inspired by the shape of supercar air intakes while the twin barrels, positioned between 5 and 7 o’clock, are a signature feature of Huracán watches.
Perhaps the most audacious feature of the watch is the tilted balance wheel at 12 o’clock. Its prominent position is designed to match the rev counter view on the dashboard of the Huracán. The 12-degree angle is an innovation that compensates for the natural position of a wearer’s wrist when they place it on a table, meaning the balance wheel remains in a horizontal and more favorable position. This not only increases performance, but it does so without changing the watch’s proportions. Roger Dubuis decided to have this feature face the dial to provide a view the spiral oscillations.
The caliber’s date-disc display sits at 6 o’clock between the twin barrels also maximizes the design of the timepiece.
The rear view of the watch reveals the 360° oscillating weight, inspired by the supercar’s wheel rims. It performs an optical speed effect when it’s in motion.
The case of the 45mm watch is made of black DLC Titanium, a strong and lightweight material that protects the caliber.
The top of the case is mounted with a white bezel made of Mineral Composite Fibre (MCF), a high-tech material that is 13% lighter than carbon and 2.5 times lighter than ceramic.
The crown of the watch is modeled after the wheel nut of the Huracán, with a red racing stripe and a series of winglets, which gives it a striking appearance and an effective grip. The Excalibur Huracán logo is black-stamped across the caseback’s sapphire crystal.
The racing appearance of the timepiece extends to the black rubber watchstrap with blue perforated calf leather inlay and red-colored inner holes. The underside of the strap is in the pattern of a Pirelli Trofeo R tire. Pirelli is another Roger Dubuis partner. The strap comes with Roger Dubuis’ “Quick Release System,” so the owner can change straps in seconds.
The Excalibur Spider Huracán Monobalancier is limited to 88 pieces at a price of $64,500.