Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X: distinctive, innovative & audacious

Watchmaker Roger Dubuis and sports car manufacturer Lamborghini again join forces to create a 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.

Roger Dubuis doesn’t dabble in watches, it produces ‘Hyper Horology’. Like the hypercar market it aligns itself with, Dubois makes timepieces that aren’t even in the same universe as daily drivers: they’re painstakingly engineered feats of design that fueled by technology unparalleled (and unnecessary) to that of normal watches.

It’s all too fitting that Dubois’ latest watch, the $720,000 Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X, is basically a wearable Lamborghini, both figuratively and in terms of the craft that informs its design. Part of the Roger Dubuis x Lamborghini Squadra Corse Collection, the Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X is really the partnership’s crown jewel. It’s by far the most expensive and most limited piece on hand – only eight editions were available and, incredibly, they sold out as soon as the watch was announced. It takes all kinds, I suppose.

Inspired by Lamborghini’s Countach LPI 800-4, Dubois’ Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X – technically known as ‘RD112′ in homage to the 112 Countach LPI 800-4 units – has a super sleek exterior that’s all aerodynamic curves and shiny metal, finished in Bianco Siderale (white) to match Ferruccio Lamborghini’s personal Countach.

From the ultra-ergonomic three-dimensional rubber strap to the high-technology MCF case, each detail of the new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X has been designed to offer breathtaking aesthetics & top-level performance.

The Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X is quite literally aerodynamic: it incorporates the Countach’s ‘periscopio’ roof and NACA intakes into its design. From the intricate, gravity-compensating movement to the skeleton three-dimensional rubber strap inspired by tire company Pirelli, the Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X really is a perfect match for the Lamborghini that inspired it.

Both designs demand inconceivably exacting levels of engineering know-how, have more technical specs than anyone could ever need, and are long sold out.

Tag your adrenaline-seeking friends! The Roger Dubuis collection is available through Roger Dubois boutiques and selected jewelers worldwide. Enter the wonderful worlds of Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini.

Lamborghini Adds Matte Color Options for the Urus With Graphite Capsule

Lamborghini is furthering its push for the Urus in 2021 with a new Graphite Capsule edition. Said to be the perfect blend of sportiness, comfort, and luxury. On the outside the ‘Graphite Capsule’ sees four matte paint jobs in ‘Bianco Monocerus’, ‘Grigio Nimbus’, ‘Nero Noctis’, and ‘Grigio Keres’, and one of four gloss paint colors for the accents, which are restricted to the front splitter, door trims, rear spoiler and wheel rims. The accents are available in green, yellow or two choices of orange. The monochrome base paints let the boldly colored accents really pop.

The exterior color scheme is reflected on the inside, where all the stitching and a few seat, dash and door panels are given the same color as the outside accents. The rest is finished in black. The aluminum trim is given a dark anodized finish, and the interior carbon fiber has a matte finish. A special option exclusive to the Graphite Capsule, as well as the Pearl Capsule model, is ventilated seats upholstered in Alcantara.

Still keeping its best power-to-weight ratio badge within its SUV segment, the Urus Graphite maintains its stats of 650 horsepower, 305 km/h max speed, and a 0-100 km/h time of 3.6 seconds.

This more personal approach to the Lamborghini Urus will start at roughly $218,000 USD. Come into the beautifu world of Lamborghini.

Yohji Yamamoto Teases Lamborghini Collaboration

2020 has resulted in countless canceled plans and shelved projects, but it’s been one of Yohji Yamamoto‘s most productive years to date. The legendary Japanese creative has partnered with Adidas, Hublot, and – of course – Supreme, but Yamamoto’s latest endeavor may be his biggest to date, as the 76-year-old designer has joined with Lamborghini.

Offering only two brief images and a brief press release, the duo have left the exact nature of their collaboration tantalizingly vague. In one image, co-branded Lamborghini badge is realized in Yamamoto’s signature monochrome shades, standing in stark contrast to a sample of what’s likely a custom body wrap for the bespoke automobile. Splashed with white and red streaks across a black base, the bold pattern features assorted kanji and katakana characters, like 呵大笑 and 力大笑 (essentially, big and powerful laughter) and ロマンスグレー (literally, ‘romance grey’).

In 2014, Yamamoto reflected on a love of cars in a NOWNESS video, explaining that driving his ’80s Nissan Cedric “is the only moment [when] I can become myself. A car is like a girlfriend. So, it’s nice to just look at her, or ride with her”. Yamamoto has owned vehicles from Jaguar and Rolls-Royce but reportedly isn’t a fan of contemporary car design – “I like glamour, but I also want to have a low profile. I find modern car design so ugly, so I found this car on the internet”, so a repurposed vintage Lamborghini may be just the ticket.

However, Yamamoto has offered little by way of this collaboration, including the era and style of car he’s revising. The designer explained that his Lamborghini partnership will reflect the ‘tradition’ and ‘DNA’ of both brands, honoring tenets like heritage, passion, craftsmanship and innovation. Note that this joint effort will not yield a production model; Yamamoto underlines that the resulting vehicle will be a ‘piece of art’.

Expect Yamamoto and Lamborghini to lift the veil on their collaboration in late October. Come into the beautifu worlds of Lamborghini and Yoshi Yamamoto.

Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo: You Can Drive It, Too

After Iso Rivolto Zagato has now another Italian carmaker delved deeper into the world of Gran Turismo Sport. The new Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo Concept was unveiled in real-life form in Monte Carlo, ahead of the 2019 FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships World Finals, it was created by the automaker’s Centro Stile and will launch in the popular video game next spring.

Lamborghini is a very young brand, and this is why we are here today, to present our newest vision in the form of a real model, with a highly futuristic and cool design to be enjoyed by the young generation of racing game and super sports car enthusiasts.

Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini CEO

Retaining the Italian automaker’s DNA, the show car boasts advanced aerodynamics that have defined the sharp creases, along with the large rear wing, Y-shaped lights at both ends and hexagon-inspired theme in the side windows inspired by the 1967 Marzal concept. The front wings are disconnected from the body and the driver has to enter and exit the car from the front, much in the same way as a jet fighter pilot.

Once inside, they will be seated in the middle, on the only seat available, and will grab hold of the futuristic steering wheel. All information is projected onto the windscreen.

For power, the Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo uses the same powertrain as the Sian FKP 37. This means that it combines a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 with a mild-hybrid system for a total output of 808 HP (819 PS / 602 kW), which in the limited-run Sian allows for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in under 2.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 217 mph (350 km/h).

Was the Iso Rivolta Zagato Vision Gran Turismo available as a limited production run, the Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo will remain a one-off….. But who knows, if you ask them friendly….

Come into the beautiful worlds of Lamborghini and Grand Turismo.

Designing the future: Lamborghini Terzo Millennio

 

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Countach, Bravo, Raptor, Sesto Elemento….. Not many companies do concepts like Lamborghini, and the Terzo Millennio is no exception. Inspired by some iconic designs of Italian design house and carrosseria Bertone – like the Lancia Stratos Zero – it is designed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Terzo Millennio is a look at a future Lamborghini electric car.

Each wheel is driven by an integrated electric engine, with power coming from supercapacitors instead of a conventional battery. The supercapacitors will give the system a very long cycle life and the ability to quickly deliver a high peak power. Sensors in the carbon fiber structure are designed to note any cracks or damages, and systems will immediately repair or ‘self-heal’ the vehicle.

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Lamborghini opens in Paris its 5th French Showroom and unveils the new Urus

Automobili Lamborghini officially opened its brand new showroom in Paris in the presence of Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company. 

The new showroom and service centre, located at 2 Rue Bellini, Puteaux, is the 5th Lamborghini sales point within the dealer network in France, together with Lyon, Mulhouse, Cannes and Monaco. The commercial partner chosen for Lamborghini Paris is Schumacher Group, a long-established French family company with 70 years of experience in the car business.  

In 2017 we achieved a sales record with a total of 127 deliveries in France and Monaco, which represents an increase of 35% in comparison to 2016. France has now become our 3rd strongest market in Europe after UK and Germany. With Urus market introduction we forecast a new record year in France in 2018. We welcome the Schumacher Group to our family of dealers.

Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

On a global scale Automobili Lamborghini set another historic sales record in 2017. With 145 dealers serving 50 countries, worldwide deliveries to customers increased from 3,457 to 3,815 units.

This represents a double digit sales growth of 10% compared to the previous year. With a sustained sales growth performance over seven years, the company has almost tripled its sales numbers since 2010 (1,302 units). 

I am very pleased to welcome the Lamborghini marque, one of the country’s top-performing luxury sports car brands, to our Group. We will offer every customer a unique service, with a warm and professional welcome in a family atmosphere, structured around a common passion for the Italian super sports car brand. Our appointment enables us to strengthen our position in the luxury segment, and for sure will contribute to raising recognition and enthusiasm for Lamborghini in our country.

Edouard Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer of Schumacher Group

Lamborghini Paris inauguration signed the French premiere of the new Super SUV Urus, whose market introduction in Europe will start in spring 2018.  The Lamborghini Urus is a visionary approach, infusing the Lamborghini DNA into the most versatile vehicle, the SUV. The Urus elevates the SUV to a level not previously possible, the Super SUV. 

It features a 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp (478 kW) at 6,000 rpm, maximum 6,800 rpm, and 850 Nm of maximum torque already at 2,250 rpm. The Urus accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 12,8 seconds and with a top speed of 305 km/h it is the fastest SUV available. 

With a total surface of over 1200 square meters the new Paris showroom and service centre is the first French showroom to feature the brand’s new design. The environment dimension also reflects the need for increased space as Lamborghini expands its model line-up with the new Urus and plans to double its sales by 2019. 

Opportunities to literally ‘touch and feel’ the world of Lamborghini include: a client lounge inclusive of a car configuration system to guide the customer through specifying his Lamborghini; a display area large enough to accommodate all product range available and a state of the art service centre.

The Collezione Automobili Lamborghini range of clothing and accessories has also a dedicated area in the showroom. Come into the beautiful world of Lamborghini.

Roger Dubuis & Lamborghini: a match made in heaven

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.

The Roger Dubuis collection is available through Roger Dubois boutiques and selected jewelers worldwide. Enter the wonderful worlds of Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini.

Sold out: Lamborghini Centenario

Did you have to think about whether you would buy a Lamborghini Centenario? Sorry, you waited too long, we can inform you that the €1,750,000 Centenario is sold out!

Last week at the Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini introduced a new special edition car. The Centenario LP 770-4, is Lamborghini’s posthumous birthday present for legendary founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, who would have turned 100 next month. The Centenario is essentially a special bodywork on the ultra-high-performance Aventador LP 750-4 Super Veloce.

With the Centenario, Lamborghini shows what the thoughts are for the future. Like many of its predecessors, the Centenario is produced in a very limited edition. Only 40 are made. That is, twenty coupes and twenty roadsters. The bad news: they’ve all been sold already. The price? €1.75 million ex taxes. If you say it quickly, it’s not much…

The Centenario is powered by a mighty 6.5-litre V12, which idles at 850 rpm and shoots into the red at 8,600 rpm. It produces 770 hp (20 hp more than the Aventador SV, and that’s not a car you can blame for a lack of decisiveness). It reaches 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and, if you’re brave enough (and still have air in your lungs after all your terrified screams), explodes to 300 km/h in 23.5 seconds. To channel this madness onto the road, it’s featured on Pirelli P Zero Corsa’s, 255/30 ZR20 at the front and 355/25 ZR21 at the rear, both designed specifically for this car.

At the front, a highly aggressive dual splitter generates massive downforce and channels air over the car, out to the sides, but it’s at the rear where the black magic of the airflow really extends to great heights. The Centenario has one of the largest diffusers on the human side of a Le Mans race car; combine that with the fact that quite a bit of bodywork has been removed behind the rear wheels and an active rear wing that can lift 150 millimeters, and you have 227 kilos of downforce at 290 km/h.

Perhaps the biggest news is that the Centenario is the first Lamborghini with rear-wheel steering, a system that improves maneuverability at speeds below 75 km/h and improves stability at higher speeds, effectively shortening and lengthening the wheelbase by 1,200 millimeters depending on the speed driven. Despite all this extra technology, the Lamborghini Centenario weighs only 1,520 kilos, making it 55 kilos lighter than an Aventador.

The interior has a different design than the Aventador, but more importantly, the Centenario is the first Lamborghini to get a touchscreen. It measures 10.1 inches diagonally and adds plenty of connectivity features. Drivers can connect to Internet radio, browse the web, access email, check social media and perform all functions available through Apple Car Play.

This system also displays telemetry information such as pedal position, rpm, oil pressure, real-time power consumption, current gear, speed, lap and sprint times, and lateral g-forces. With two optional interior cameras, the driver’s experience can be captured. All this information can be downloaded using a USB stick for easy review, and studied to improve lap times. Of course, the interior can be completely customized by the owner.

Sometimes you shouldn’t write too much text because you really just want to watch. Do you like fast sleek design cars with an Italian heart? Then your heart will certainly beat faster. I don’t know if he’s really beautiful yet, but it is a real Lamborghini. Then a minus: as a posthumous birthday present for the legendary founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, to complete the circle, they should have opted for a design by Touring Superleggera, the designer of the first Lamborghini’s. Or an idea for the 60th anniversary of the brand with the bull?

A price tag of € 1,750,000 is of course not for everyone, but the Centenario was sold out in no time. The first copies of the Centenario will be handed over to their owners at the end of this year. Enter the beautiful world of Lamborghini.

Dreaming about the next Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura is one of my all time favorite cars. The beautiful design by Bertone. The story: Ferruccio vs. Enzo – old school rivalry. Crazy V12 lay-out. Lamborghini should create one each decade: a Miura-like car, with that typical silhouette: a 2-seater GT coupe. Whether you call it a Miura or not, or choose for a more classic retro look or hypermodern interpretation, trying to push that envelope of automotive innovation and technology and bring it together into an epic design would be a great hommage of such an icon.

Marco van Overbeeke, automotive designer

Marco van Overbeeke, an automotive designer based in The Netherlands is specialized in automotive exterior & interior concept design: think about the beautiful Huet Brothers HB Coupe, the Dutch gentlemen’s sportscar.

He has always been fascinated by vehicles and car design, F1, motorsports and race liveries, and concept art. He loves the medium of sketching his ideas on a piece of paper and creating digital art. He dreams about and want to be part of the future of vehicle design. He want his designs to be authentic and through his work he tries to create beautiful automotive objects.

Come into the beautiful world of Marco van Overbeeke.

Lamborghini Burlero

The Lamborghini Burlero is a concept of an electric barchetta intended for the racetrack and track day events. The target was to create a slightly ‘softer’ Lamborghini in terms of shape. Designed by Tigran Lalavan, the project was done during master course in car design at Scuola Politenica di Design (SPD) in collaboration with Lamborghini (October 2011-March 2012).