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Roger Dubuis - Excalibur “Cobalt Chrome” on the grid in Japan

Roger Dubuis Excalibur “Cobalt Chrome” on the grid in Japan

On June 30, in Tokyo, Roger Dubuis, held a motorsports-driven event featuring the reveal of Excalibur “Cobalt Chrome” limited editions.

Roger Dubuis’ daring Japanese debut took place in none other than… a garage… at Tokyo’s Cornes Shinonome Service Center II, the city’s number one retailer of luxury supercars. With its inherent contradiction to all that luxury watchmaking traditionally represents, the industrial feel of the garage offers the perfect “disruptive” setting for a luxury brand with its close ties to the world of motorsports. Here, privileged guests enjoyed a testosterone-driven experience invigorated by Pirelli racing design elements including a dinner next to supercar repair lifts, as well as test drives around this unusual venue.

A pioneer in technical and industrial innovations, Pirelli is the sole supplier of premium tyres to the world’s flagship motorsports competitions. The association between Pirelli and Roger Dubuis is showcased with four limited edition Excalibur Spider Pirelli models fitted with straps made from winning motorsports tyre rubber and featuring the distinctive tread profile.

The highlight of the show was the exclusive reveal of the Excalibur Cobalt Chrome timepieces. Cobalt Chrome Micro-Melt® is an ultra-pure, high-performance metal widely associated with aeronautics and astronomy that represents a first in the watch industry.… It reflects Roger Dubuis’ dedication to the “disruptive materials” that ideally match its progressive complications.

These timepieces, in which sleek blue good looks combine with a ruggedly virile edge offer feats of mechanical engineering packing a powerful punch. Leaping forth from the dial of the 28-piece Excalibur 42 Cobalt MicroMelt® is the familiar astral skeleton of Roger Dubuis Calibre RD820SQ. The Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt Micro-Melt®, the world premiere eight-piece limited edition launched at SIHH 2017, is powered by the handwound RD101 Quatuor movement.

 

Excalibur “Cobalt Chrome” on the starting grid in Japan

Excalibur 42 Cobalt Micro-Melt® © Roger Dubuis

Excalibur “Cobalt Chrome” on the starting grid in Japan

Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt Micro-Melt® © Roger Dubuis

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The Roger Dubuis Manufacture was founded on the desire for independence and watchmaking excellence. With remarkable dynamism, Roger Dubuis quickly ignited the world of Haute Horlogerie and has developed over thirty completely original in-house movements. Striking a fine balance between traditional watchmaking expertise and avant‑garde design, the Manufacture became a specialist in architectural skeletonised movements.

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