Roger Dubuis has launched their new Hyperwatch – the Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X, in collaboration with Lamborghini, to celebrate the partnership between the two iconic brands.
The new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X isn’t just a watch, it’s a Hyperwatch, the name given to the brand’s collections that are a blend of science and art and lets face it, sheer craziness! Hyper Horology, in the words of Roger Dubuis:
We leverage our innovative spirit – combined with state of the art technology – to unveil ground-breaking world premieres. And we leverage traditional métiers to perpetuate our rare craftsmanship, and bring to life expressive and contemporary timepieces. That’s Hyper Horology™Roger Dubuis
The Excalibur Spider Countach is designed to mimic the aesthetics and lines of the 50th Anniversary commemorative edition Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 – limited to 112 cars. You can see this in the way the Roger Dubuis has crafted the Perescopio roof and NACA air intakes of the car, and incorporated this in to the watch itself. They’ve also worked in the red interior of the car into the inside of the leather strap as well as parts of the inside of the watch engravings and glass.
The 47mm watch, which is limited to 8 pieces, is finished in Pearlescent Bianco Siderale white, which is the same exact colour Ferruccio Lamborghini specified for his Countach, yet another touch that helps to evoke the spirit of the car and brings it to life in the hyperwatch.
The Excalibur Spider Countach is powered by the Calibre RD112, taking its name from the number of cars being produced (112) is a work of physics that incorporates a 90° V-Shape double flying tourbillon. The differential gear train between the two tourbillons averages out the timing of each, thus ensuring the accuracy of the watch. Adding to the partnership between Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini, the RD112 is shaped like a super car engine inspired by Lamborghini Squadra Corse.
The RD112 is a manual winding, double tourbillon with a 3 day (72hr) power reserve. Made up from 295 parts, 40 jewels and running at 21,600 vph (3Hz) and finished in a combination of black-polished and circular-grained elements, with Rhodium plated bridges via PVD coating which is also across the plate and gears. At 10.2mm thick, its by no means a thin calibre, but this isn’t meant to be a thin watch. It’s big and bold, and will most definitely draw attention, just as you would driving a Lamborghini of any model, not to mention the new Countach LPI800-4!
In another cool nod to the car, Roger Dubuis has designed the skeleton 3-dimensional strap for maximum comfort and breathability, all inspired by the tyre partner and expert: Pirelli. The watch is made from Roger Dubuis’s patented mineral composite fibre (MCF) which is 2.5 time lighter than ceramic and 13% lighter than CMC Carbon. When viewing the watch from certain angles, it looks very much like the wheel and tyre formation on the car itself.
Many watch brands have, and will continue to do car collaborations, but the Excalibur Spider Countach takes this to another level. Not only has Roger Dubuis been able to capture the essence of the Countach LPI800-4, it’s taken most of it’s design cues from the car and been able to incorporate many of it’s stylised elements into the watch, not to mention the engine canopy replica covering between the 90° V-Shape double flying tourbillon. This is probably one of the best watch/car collaborations I’ve seen in recent years where you can see the car brought to life in the watch, and really fee like you’re wearing a piece of the car itself. And if you can afford this watch, then you’ve probably already got a couple of supercars in the garage so why not add this to your collection!
- Case: 47mm
- Case Material: MCF -Mineral Composite Fiber case MCF – Mineral Composite Fiber bezel Titanium crown with lacquer ring
- Dial: Satin brushed and Rhodium plated lower flange with transfered texts and minute track, shot-blasted and NAC coated upper flange with screw-like hour markers polished and Rhodium plated, sapphires like rear lights around the tourbillons.
- Crystal: Sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating Titanium open case back with sapphire crystal
- Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
- Movement: RD112 | 90° V-Shape Double Flying Tourbillon. 295 components, 40 jewels, thickness: 10.4 mm. Frequency: 21,600 v.p.h / 3Hz
- Power reserve: 72hrs
- Strap: Skeleton 3D rubber strap with ultra-ergonomics design, including fabric mesh inserted between the rubber layers with a black DLC titanium cover, titanium blades, triple folding clasp. Interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS