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).

Haute Automobile: Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Versace exposed

Two famous Italian names came together. An exclusive version of the new LP640 Murcielago, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Versace was uncovered today at the Paris Motor Show. The color white brings a feeling of peace; everything becomes lighter. This Versace edition also features a customized all-white exterior and a matching white interior. A touch of black in the otherwise white interiors accentuates the silhouettes. The name Murcielago LP640 refers to its engine position – longitudinal posterior – and to its power 640 bhp.

Designers and engineers have not only focused on reworking the engine, suspensions, gearbox, exhaust system, brakes and electronics, but also the interior and exterior design; improvements that make the Murcielago LP 640 the most extreme and fastest sports car in its class, placing it at the very top.

The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Versace Edition will be one of the rarest limited edition Lamborghini ever produced. Just 10 units will produced each with a recommended sticker price of $1 million. Come into the beautiful world of Lamborghini.

Black is beautiful: Lamborghini Gallardo Nera

The terra firma of opulent style and home to the fashion connoisseurs, Paris is privileged as a good number of the luxurious unveiling happens on their land. At the Paris Motor Show, Italian supercar-builder Lamborghini will present the new special edition Gallardo Nera. Just another modified, limited-production edition of the already popular super-coupe!

But because it’s Paris and Lamborghini, it’s news. Since no official press release is available, this bit of information is from the details released to dealers by Lamborghini. The ‘Nera’ is the testimony to the line up of Lamborghini’s personalization choices available to all Gallardo customers.

The sexy sportscar features a glossy black paint scheme with matte black inserts. The Nera has the same 520 horsepower V10 engine (from 0-100 km/h in 4-second ones and 315 km/h of maximum speed) as the standard Gallardo and the standard all-wheel-drive system.

As far as the equipment is concerned, the Lamborghini Gallardo Nera integrates the satellite navigation system, Bluetooth, a posterior television camera, the burglar alarm, a lifting-system, and an exclusive drapery. Several other optional bespoke features are obtainable as a part of the personalization concept.

The Lamborghini Gallardo Nera will be produced in a limited edition of 185, so don’t wait to long. Come into the beautiful world of Lamborghini.

Lamborghini Miura may (not) hit the roads

A supercar is a car that is based on extremes. They feature styling, performance, power and technology that make you say ‘Wow’ and shake your head in amazement. The Lamborghini Miura (1966) was the first supercar with a rear mid-engined two-seat layout, although the concept was first seen in a production road car with René Bonnet’s Matra Djet, introduced in 1964. This layout has since become the standard for high-performance sports and supercars. When released, the Miura was the fastest production road car.

The Miura was originally conceived by Lamborghini’s engineering team, which designed the car in its spare time against the wishes of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, who preferred powerful yet sedate grand-touring cars over the race car-derived machines produced by local rival Ferrari.

The Miura’s rolling chassis was presented at the 1965 Turin Auto Show, and the prototype P400 debuted at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. It received stellar receptions from showgoers and the motoring press alike, each impressed by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini’s sleek styling and the car’s revolutionary mid-engine design. Lamborghini’s fagship, the Miura received periodic updates and remained in production until 1973.

The Miura series of Lamborghinis are outstandingly designed automobiles from a visual standpoint. Now Italy’s raging bull, has mined one of its most endearing supercar designs, to create a modern counterpart to Ferrari Enzo, Carrera GT. Different in every way, yet instantly recognizable as a Miura, the concept was met with a warm reaction.

The Lamborghini Miura Concept is a retro styled Lamborghini presented at the Paley Center for Media, formerly The Museum of Television & Radio, on 5 January 2006. The unveiling coincided with the Los Angeles Auto Show though it was not present at the show itself. 

The Miura Concept commemorated the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the original Miura Bertone at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966. The car made its official début at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit two weeks later. It was the first design to be penned by Lamborghinis design chief, Walter de’Silva. The show car greatly resembles the original Miura by Bertone while its underpinnings are that of the more modern Murciélago.

The Miura Concept will likely make use of the same architecture as the Audi R8 supercar and find its power from a modified version of the monstrous 6.2L V12 currently planted in the Murcielago. The limited-production Miura has a definite lower-key appearance than its Gallardo and Murci counterparts, but it will surely be just as swift and agile.

Lamborghini president and CEO Stefan Winkelmann stated that the concept would not mark the Miura’s return to production, saying that “The Miura was a celebration of our history, but Lamborghini is about the future. Retro design is not what we are here for. So we won’t do the Miura”. Such a pitty.

Come into the beautiful world of Lamborghini.