Great art doesn’t just appear. It takes dedication, innovation and craftsmanship. What truly marks out a masterpiece from the crowd is the way it pushes boundaries and charters new ground. Enter the new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Dr. Woo Monotourbillon.
Searching for inspiration in the most unexpected places is in Roger Dubuis’ DNA. This is the reason the Maison united with the URBAN ART TRIBE, world-famous urban culture artists who share its common values to break the rules, showcase radical expertise and obsess daily over the design of the future.
Now they have been granted access to Roger Dubuis’ most important room, home to the bold and extravagant: the manufacture itself, where they were tasked with reinterpreting the astral signature of the iconic Excalibur Monotourbillon.
Dr. Woo, renowned tattoo artist and rulebreaker in his own domain, is the first of three friends of the Maison to take on this new creative challenge. Bringing his imagination to life, our incredible watchmakers and the visionary artist are proud to unveil the signature Excalibur Dr. Woo Monotourbillon reborn in his image.
The iconic Excalibut Monotourbillon
Roger Dubuis continues shaking up the world of fine watchmaking with the reveal of the new Excalibur Monotourbillon earlier this year. Enhanced with meticulous care, the timepiece is reinterpreted with sophistication and flair using modern and technical materials.
Clean cut lines on both case and movement create its strong visual identity. Meanwhile, rebuilding the calibre from bottom to top not only heightens its sense of transparency and 3D depth, but also sees the Roger Dubuis star levitate freely above the barrel. A signature two-line pattern between the notch on the crown and bezel, the star’s arms, the tourbillon’s cage, the hour’s marking on the flange and the hands, all cleverly appear as though they will meet but never do.
One of the greatest expressions of the watchmaker’s art, the RD512SQ calibre is stunning in its technical prowess. With a non-magnetic Titanium lower tourbillon cage – twice lighter than stainless steel – and a mirror-polished non-magnetic Cobalt Chrome upper tourbillon cage, the weight of the piece is reduced by 16% to optimum effect. As a result, the calibre shows a better resistance to magnetic fields and the power reserve is radically optimised to 72 hours, providing the option of leaving the watch unworn over weekends. Such excellence is not without reward; this dynamic aesthetic is amplified by the Poinçon de Genève, one of the most demanding signature in fine watchmaking that requires the manual decoration of each and every component of the watch, as well as unexpected and antinomic decorations in fine watchmaking, such as sandblasted top surfaces and polished angles that demonstrate Roger Dubuis’ visionary approach.
Reimagined for a contemporary era, an icon continues its ascension in the shape of the Excalibur Dr. Woo Monotourbillon.
An icon reimagined by Dr. Woo
As brave as it is determined, Roger Dubuis connects with those who dare to make a difference, and Dr. Woo is one such disruptive soul. Creating hyper-realist needle designs, Dr. Woo has carved a name for himself in the tattoo industry with his signature style; minimalist, monochrome, single needle. Known for having an exceptionally steady hand, his flawless geometric shapes and ultra-fine lines have earned him respect among the international elite, designing for the biggest names in the world of celebrity and beyond. After months of a nourishing collaboration filled with awe and challenges, worlds and horizons merged to give birth to an inspired timepiece for which no compromises were made, and no creative wish was left behind.
Learning that the star was a symbol just as important to Dr. Woo as to the Maison, it became the guiding force throughout the collaboration. Speaking on the project and the work of art created, Dr. Woo says:“Roger Dubuis lent me its signature star to unleash my creativity and merge our two worlds into one unique masterpiece.”
In his re-interpretation, Dr. Woo takes the Excalibur Monotourbillon’s astral signature as his launchpad and imagines it anew. Envisioning a rocket ship that keeps pushing forward, the star’s arms represent its travel through time. Yet more than this, it represents the evolution of this work of art and the various paths the partners have taken.
A special connection with space drove many other aspects of Dr. Woo’s design. Acting as a guide throughout his life, the geometric codes and planets peppered across the dial represent his mental cosmic map. From his world he brings other minimalist graphic symbols too: the moon as an energy source, triangles that bounce forth from the ground, and full circles that represent the infinite connections we all have. By placing them next to each other, Dr. Woo comes up with a new language open to interpretation.
Indeed, the deep and detailed design unveils more layers and secrets every time it is looked at. The spider is one such detail for Dr. Woo. Symbolising strength and protection, it is moved to a new position on the dial of each of the eight limited edition timepieces, making every single one a unique creation.
Other details that can only be enjoyed by the wearer include the time traveller pattern on the case-back, enabling a deeper connection between this extraordinary timepiece and its lucky owner.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, craftsmanship was taken to new heights when the horological artisans had to adopt exceptional methods to fulfil the artist’s aspirations. Inspired by Dr. Woo’s needle work, gold had to be metalized to be etched onto the sapphire glass and recreate the star on the dial, unveiling a fine and meticulous, yet striking design.
What’s more, ultra-fine lines were laser engraved directly onto a black PVD plate underneath the calibre to reveal the artist’ s cosmic design. A similar process was used on the 18K EON GOLDTM* case-back to embed the artist’s intricate hand-drawn decoration.
Given no detail goes unconsidered, a remarkable embossed strap adorned with Dr. Woo’s sacred symbols also required boundaries to be pushed. Utilising its technical mastery for aesthetic purposes, Roger Dubuis used hot stamping to engrave the black calf leather with a very finely detailed design.
An expression of non-conformity and extravagance, the fruit of Dr. Woo’s creativity is housed in a 42 mm case. Taking watchmaking to a new dimension, a dimension where time is reinvented, Dr. Woo says creating the timepiece allowed him to see time in a new light: “Time is the most valuable currency we have. It’s up to us to decide how to use it.”
Inspiring creative minds everywhere, the Excalibur Dr. Woo Monotourbillon timepiece is proof that Roger Dubuis is and always will be the most exciting way to experience Hyper Horology as this iconic timepiece reimagined for a contemporary era continues its epic ascension.
* EON GOLDTM is a specific 750/1000 5N gold alloy that is more resistant to tarnishing when exposed to extreme conditions.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Dr. Woo Monotourbillon Technical Specifications
Roger Dubuis is collaborating with tattoo artist Dr. Woo to release a new watch mixing both creative territories of the artist and the brand. The selected watch is the new development of the Excalibur Original collection. The starshaped bridge is replaced by a specific sapphire dial on each piece that displays a starship journey’s graphic design by Dr. Woo, revealing his spider symbol on 8 differents places. A second dial in the back display a cosmic map as Dr Woo’s vision of time. The watch houses a calibre with improved performances: increased power reserve up to 72 hours thanks to tourbillon lower carriage made in titanium. Upper tourbillon carriage in cobalt chrome for better finishing: mirror polish. Both titanium and cobalt chrome are anti-magnetic. Improved durability thanks to new lube. The case of the watch is made of EON GOLD, patented type of pink gold alloy which will tarnish less than standard pink gold and more resistant to challenging conditions such as salt water.
The skeleton calibres manufactured by Roger Dubuis in Geneva are the essence of the expressive singularity of the
Excalibur collection. Complying with one of the most respected certifications of Haute Horlogerie, the Poinçon de
Genève, the Excalibur watches are designed like contemporary works of art. Every single component being finished
by hand, the watches are symbols of passion. The work of hyper-skilled craftsmen is at the forefront of each watch
with a direct view on the creative mechanics making these pieces more alive than ever.
– Name: RD512SQ
– Energy: Mechanical, manual-winding
– Functions: Hour, minute
– Components: 194
– Jewels: 19
– Frequency: 3 Hz (21’600 vph)
– Power reserve: 72 hours
– Diameter: 37.1 mm
– Diameter in lines: 16
– Thickness: 6.9 mm
– Finishes: Shot-blasted and trued-up main plate and bridges with NAC coating
– Type: Excalibur with design signature: notched bezel and three lugs
– Diameter: 42 mm
– Material: EON GOLD
– Bezel: EON GOLD
– Crown: EON GOLD
– Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
– Case Back: EON GOLD
– Thickness: 12.7 mm
– Water Resistance: 10 BAR (100 m)
Grey double surface flange with engraved minute track and transferred texts, polished and pink gold plated hour markers with SLN in the center. Dr. Woo’s graphic design laser-engraved on a sapphire crystal disc and second engraved pink gold dial inside the back.
Triple surface hands in pink gold with satin brushed finish on the tilted surfaces and shot-blasted finish on the flat grey surface, SLN tips
Black 3D calf leather strap engraved with Dr Woo’s langage symbols representing connexion between humans, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS
Pink gold cover with titanium blades, triple folding, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS
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Impertinent, excessive and slightly mad, this is Roger Dubuis. Solidly sustained by an integrated Manufacture, an innovative spirit, and a flagrant disregard for convention, this is what Roger Dubuis is all about! Laugh, scream, roar, and above all, create… for an exclusive tribe that believes in the philosophy of living larger than life at every turn.
Inspired by other cutting-edge industries and out-of-the-box designs to prove, time and time again, that Roger Dubuis is unquestionably the most exciting way to experience Hyper Horology.
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