Watchmaker Roger Dubuis and sports car manufacturer Lamborghini join forces to create the first timepiece that combines the expertise of both: Swiss precision and craftsmanship of the highest level meets Italian allure and performance.
Based in Geneva, as many other fine watch companies are, Roger Dubuis was founded in 1995. From day one their mission was to push the boundaries of fine watchmaking beyond the conventional, just as Lamborghini does with its cars. Boldness and extravagance are certainly strong defining characteristics of both brands.
Jean-Marc Pontroué, the CEO of Roger Dubuis, and the boss of Automobili Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali, both clearly understood this and came together to forge a unique partnership in an industry where prestigious car and watch brands often collaborate. However, nothing like this has ever been done before.
It’s easy to brand a watch with a car manufacturer’s logo for use in a ‘collection’ in much the same way as a scarf or fountain pen. But what we have here is a unique synergy where both the design and mechanical aspects incorporate design elements from the engine bay of the Lamborghini after which it is named, and a high-tech lightweight material used on the Huracán Performante.
Roger Dubuis designers collaborated with Lamborghini designers, resulting in the Excalibur Aventador S watch. The innovative use of high-tech materials such as multi-layered carbon and C-SMC carbon as used in Lamborghini cars represents a technological world premiere in watchmaking. The challenge was to associate these materials with a sporty, sophisticated look, while maintaining the brand’s sense of luxury and prestige.
De Excalibur Aventador S wordt aangedreven door een speciaal ontwikkeld Duotor kaliber, waarbij de ontwerpers werden geïnspireerd door de motoren van Lamborghini’s Aventador S en de nieuwe Huracan Super Trofeo EVO. De typische veerpootbruggen daarvan zijn terug te zien in het open skelet-uurwerk. En net als in het dashboard bij de sportwagens creëerden de ontwerpers in het midden van het horloge een power control display.
Behind the glass that protects the skeletal mechanism of the watch, you can see for the same reason the cross brace of the engine compartment that gives the Aventador its torsional rigidity. Meanwhile, the dual balance wheels of the Duotor caliber movement slope at a similar angle to the cylinder banks of the V12 powering the Aventador, and are supported and highlighted by holders in the shape of the car’s triangular wishbones.
The Roger Dubuis Excaliber Aventador S is available in two limited edition versions: one with details in ‘Giallo Orion’ yellow, in a limited edition of 88 pieces, and one with parts in ‘Arancio Argos’ orange, in an even more exclusive edition of only 8 pieces.