Roger Dubuis Excalibur in black ceramic

SAY HELLO TO THE NEW BLACK

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Black Ceramic
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Hyper expressive. Hyper mechanical. Hyper technical: Roger Dubuis introduces its first two masterpieces crafted from black ceramic. Daring to confront a material known for being exceptionally challenging to harness, the Maison proudly showcases the results of its extreme craftsmanship with radiant ceramic editions of the Excalibur Double Tourbillon and Excalibur Monobalancier. At once hyper durable and hyper expressive, the striking ceramic cases prove the Maison’s determination to master advanced hyper materials, while showing what’s possible when you set out to reinvent a classic. Welcome to the new era of black.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Black Ceramic RDDBEX0955

Conquering ceramic

Demonstrating its technical and horological supremacy, Roger Dubuis’ ceramic is solidly black inside and out, four times harder than stainless steel. It is designed to keep up with the world’s most fearless trailblazers. No matter where the chase for the next thrill takes them, this is a material crafted to withstand their adventures – today, tomorrow, and all the days that follow.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic RDDBEX0820

Though ceramic is used throughout the horological world already, Roger Dubuis’ ceramic timepieces stand out with a display of true prowess for a key reason: a refusal to compromise on the Maison’s signature shape. An undertaking not for the faint-hearted, achieving the exact design desired was only possible because the entire manufacturing process was overhauled. This is unheard of within watchmaking, with any ceramic cases usually designed to fit to the material. Not for Roger Dubuis. Taking ceramic from raw form to the distinctive case it’s known for demanded remarkable talent, with the transformative grinding taking ten times as long as any other of its pieces. Only the boldest, most dedicated and skilled dare take on such a task.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Black Ceramic RDDBEX0955

The process begins with a blend of powders made of Zirconia combined with 3% stabilising Yttrium that results in its hyper-resistant hardness. With commitment and dedication, the hyper-skilled engineers transform these powders first into a blank and then through a machining process six times lengthier than the standard. While essential, the subsequent sintering and heating takes up to 48 hours. Yet making a striking technical and aesthetic statement is always a must for any Roger Dubuis timepiece. That’s why the final stage involves hand-finishing this immensely hard material, which demands extreme craftsmanship and meticulous care to conquer. The effort is worth it; not only is the case hyper-resistant to daily scratches, this step achieves the immutably bold black finish.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Black Ceramic RDDBEX0955

Refusing to tarnish or reduce in intensity over time, Roger Dubuis’ radiant black ceramic is where hyper durability meets hyper expressivity in a single timepiece. 

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic RDDBEX0820

A double tourbillon adorned black

An obsession with designing the future of Hyper Horology™ led to the evolution of the enhanced Excalibur Double Tourbillon in 2021. Now, Roger Dubuis unveils its latest variation in radiant black ceramic.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic RDDBEX0820

Housed within this new ceramic case, the RD108 calibre and its two signature tourbillons are a feat of enhanced precision and technical prowess. Both tourbillons are rebuilt with lighter materials and an enhanced differential to maximise the transmission of energy. This ultimately optimises the power reserve to 72 hours – perfect for leaving it off over the weekend.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic RDDBEX0820

Meanwhile, the calibre’s sense of transparency and 3D depth is heighted by the Roger Dubuis star levitating freely above the barrel. Clean cut lines on both the 45mm case and movement create its strong visual identity and give the impression of a thinner look and feel. This dynamic aesthetic is amplified by its decorations, hand-finished with precision and rewarded with the Poinçon de Geneve; one of the most demanding signatures in fine watchmaking.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic RDDBEX0820

Hyper durable and expressive, the latest variation of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon debuts with a radiant black ceramic case, striking in its intensely high scratch-resistance. With just 28 available, a black calf-leather strap with versatile Quick Release System completes the spectacular aesthetic of this new all-black timepiece.

The must-have black monobalancier

For Watches & Wonders 2022, Roger Dubuis introduced its enhanced Excalibur Monobalancier, completed with a series of mechanical and aesthetic improvements. But this was only the prelude to the main event. Now, the Maison proudly unveils the radiant black ceramic Excalibur Monobalancier.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Black Ceramic RDDBEX0955

For the bold, the brave, and those that crave new, hyper-tech material timepiece out there, this is the must-have Roger Dubuis. In fact, it is a must-have for any true Hyper Horology™ aficionado. From the escapement wheel to the anchor, the micro-rotor to the balance wheel inertia and pallet-stones. The visionary engineers and watchmakers multiplied its technical enhancements in order to push the performance of the automatic RD 720SQ calibre to its maximum, increasing its power reserve to an impressive 72 hours. Reinterpreted with contemporary flair, the 42mm timepiece is designed with clean cut lines, fluted bezel, and sharp notches, while the signature star is reshaped to levitate freely above the barrel.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Black Ceramic RDDBEX0955

A contemporary approach is further evident in the decorations amplifying its expressive nature, including highly contrasted decorations, such as sandblasted, satin-brushed surfaces, and polished angles, all of which are certified by the prestigious Poinçon de Genève. An embossed black calf-leather strap featuring a patented Quick Release System ensures ultimate versatility while offering a perfect colour match for the new unmistakably black case.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Black Ceramic RDDBEX0955

With a timepiece displaying hyper durability, expressiveness, and extreme craftsmanship, the new Excalibur Monobalancier black ceramic edition demonstrates the Maison’s ultimate mastery of the most contemporary and advanced technical materials. This is the timepiece of today.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Black Ceramic RDDBEX0955

Having encased two of its iconic calibres in ceramic and shaping it into the distinctive form that defines the Maison’s timepieces, Roger Dubuis’ unrivalled mastery and fearlessness in taking on the most difficult challenges is once again solidified. The latest black ceramic masterpieces show the Maison not only shapes the future of horological design, it is the future of horological design. Because Roger Dubuis is and always will be the most exciting way to experience Hyper Horology™.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic RDDBEX0820

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.

The development of the Excalibur Original collection. A new 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, more precise time indication thanks to a new differential.

Movement

• RD108
• MOVEMENT ENERGY: Manual-winding
• COMPLICATION: Double Flying Tourbillon, Skeleton
• CALIBER: Skeleton double flying tourbillon: manufactured in the Roger Dubuis workshop in Geneva.
Re-engineered and improved performances with a power reserve of 72 hour, better resistance to magnetism thanks to tourbillon carriages made in titanium and cobalt-chrome. Two tourbillons linked with a differential directly connected to the second wheel of the gear train for a better transmission of the energy. Poinçon de Genève certified, one of the most demanding certifications in the world of Haute Horlogerie
• FINISHING: Shot-blasted, trued-up or circular-grained main plate and bridge with NAC coating
• FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes
• FREQUENCY: 3 Hz / 21’600 Vibrations per Hour
• POWER RESERVE: 72 Hours
• DIAMETER LINES: 16 3/4
• THICKNESS: 7.35 Millimeters
• NUMBER OF PIECES: 319
• NUMBER OF RUBIS: 32

Case

• Black ceramic case and sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
• Black titanium DLC open case back with sapphire crystal
• DIAMETER: 45 Millimeters
• WATER RESISTANCE: 5 BAR (50m)

Dial

• Grey double surface flange with engraved minute track and transferred texts, polished and Rhodium plated hour markers with SLN in the centre

Hands

• Grey double surface flange with engraved minute track and transferred texts, polished and Rhodium plated hour markers with SLN in the centre

Strap

• 3D calf leather strap, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS

Buckle

• Black DLC titanium cover, titanium blades, triple folding, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Black Ceramic RDDBEX0955

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.

The new development of the Excalibur collection. A calibre with improved performances: increased power reserve up to 72 hours thanks to a new geartrain toothing and escapement optimization through its geometry. Improved durability thanks to new lube, and increased precision thanks to 4hz frequency. The case is made of ceramic. The latter has the same finishings than a gold case, involving the hands of highly-skilled watchmakers.

Movement

• RD720SQ
• MOVEMENT ENERGY: Automatic, self-winding
• COMPLICATION: Monobalancier
• CALIBER: A calibre with improved performances: increased power reserve up to 72 hours thanks to a new geartrain toothing and escapement optimization through its geometry. Improved durability thanks to new lube, and increased precision thanks to 4hz frequency.
• FINISHING: Shot-blasted and trued-up main plate and bridges with NAC
• FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes
• FREQUENCY: 4 Hz / 28’800 Vibrations per Hour
• POWER RESERVE: 72 Hours
• DIAMETER LINES: 16 3/4
• THICKNESS: 5.95 Millimeters
• NUMBER OF PIECES: 178
• NUMBER OF RUBIS: 32

Case

• Ceramic case / Ceramic bezel / Ceramic crown
• Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
• Titanium DLC open case back with sapphire crystal
• DIAMETER: 42 Millimeters
• WATER RESISTANCE: 10 BAR (100m)

Dial

• Black double surface flange with engraved minute track and transferred texts, polished and Grey hour markers with SLN in the center

Hands

• Triple surface hands in white gold 750/1000 with satin brushed finish on the tilted surfaces – shot-blasted finish on the flat grey surface, SLN tips

Strap

• Black 3D calf leather strap, interchangeable with Quick Release System QRS

Buckle

• Black DLC titanium cover with titanium blades, triple folding, interchangeable with Quick Release System -QRS

ABOUT ROGER DUBUIS
The rush of adrenalin, a pounding heart, the sure and certain knowledge that something is about to happen: ENTER THE FUTURE OF HYPER HOROLOGY. 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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