Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon Watch

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon Watch

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

Elegant and classic are two words that are seldom used to describe a Roger Dubuis watch. Instead, try words like brash, bold, and outrageous. Yes, Roger Dubuis is back at it again with a new version of its second generation Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon watch. The new watch features aesthetic elements meant to evoke the high-tech and exciting world of supercars and motor racing, so if you consider yourself a petrolhead, read on to find out more.

It is often said that fast cars and expensive watches go hand in hand, and there is certainly some anecdotal evidence to support that. After all, an expensive 200mph supercar has certain things in common with a $200,000 watch with double flying tourbillons. I am referring, of course, to qualities like avant-garde styling, over-engineering, and attention to detail. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that Roger Dubuis’ new Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon was designed squarely with car enthusiasts in mind.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

The new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon has a 47mm-wide and 14.95mm-thick black DLC titanium case. The sides of the case feature over-molded orange rubber that gives the case a very racy look. The bezel is black DLC titanium too, and so is the crown. Like the case, the crown is also rimmed by orange rubber to add contrast and give it a sporty look. To complete the racing look, the watch comes with a black and orange perforated leather strap that has been lined with black rubber. Water resistance is 50m, so the watch isn’t afraid to get a little wet.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

Like all the other Excalibur Spider watches, the new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon features a heavily skeletonized dial. The skeletonization is expertly done, and from the front, one can make out a large star-shaped bridge that supports the mainspring barrel. To the left at around 9 o’clock, there’s a power reserve indicator that has been done up in the style of a fuel gauge. Incidentally, the power reserve gauge is a new element that is only present on the second generation Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon watches.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

At 5 and 7 o’clock, you have the two stars of the watch - the twin flying tourbillons. These two tourbillons spin at a rate of a revolution per minute and double up as running seconds displays. Surrounding the two tourbillons are multi-colored seconds tracks that have been styled after the speedometers found in race cars. They also remind me of the flag of Italy, which is apt since Italy is home to supercar makers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

The movement within is the caliber RD105SQ. It is awarded the Geneva Seal (see more about Roger Dubuis and the Geneva Seal here), so you can expect a very high level of timekeeping and finishing. For example, the skeletonized bridges are NAC coated so they appear dark gray, and they are finished with circular-graining. The caliber RD105SQ is made up 366 components. It beats at 3Hz, and owners can expect a power reserve of about 52 hours, which is quite decent considering it has only one mainspring driving two fast-spinning tourbillons.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

Watches like these are often divisive, but the color scheme of this particular Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon is quite attractive to me. I'm not sure why, but when I look at it, I’m instantly reminded of a bright orange Lamborghini Aventador. This particular version of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon watch is limited to just 28 pieces and the price is $267,000. That’s not enough for an Aventador, but you might be able to get a Huracán if you go easy on the options. rogerdubuis.com

What do you think?
  • I want it! (9)
  • Thumbs up (7)
  • Interesting (6)
  • I love it! (2)
  • Classy (0)
  • Fast cars? More like Cirque du Soleil, I think. It has too many colors and disparate finishes to considered a cohesive design. Looks like management told the designers to “Make it Pop!”

  • SuperStrapper

    Agree that a more approachable colourway should have been employed. The variety of finishes is nice though and speaks to quality. Although I’m not much on for skeletonised watches, I do like this watch line. It just needs a better handset.

  • Mikita

    Wanna eat RM’s bread?

  • proudAmerican702

    I’m not sure the world needed a Swatch 51 Double Tourbillon.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      I’m not even sure the world needed a Sistem51.

  • Pete Pete

    this monstrosity makes a gw-5600 look elegant.

  • Moonraker

    “Elegant and classic are two words that are seldom used to describe a Roger Dubuis watch. Instead, try words like brash, bold, and outrageous.”
    It’s funny, when Roger Dubuis the man was still with Roger Dubuis the company, I would describe Roger Dubuis watches as elegant and classic. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d65e136a6fadac865bce22fa25aba3f6298c9e70914a1a058a367bd2370d8c25.jpg

  • Phil leavell

    Not a fan of skeleton face but if this was a display back it is cool. It’s truly beautiful to look at

  • Sheez Gagoo

    I like it in a weird way. Not the worst Dubuis. But I would never buy or wear it.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    $7.5 million worth of watches. I should be Oooohing and Aaaaghing about these, and up to a point , i am. Mechanically, they are lovely. I would like to see this working, Alive if you will. As for walking about with it on, that’s a no no. First three rules of Horology are legibility, legibility…………..and legibility.

    • Agree – unless we are talking about an MB&F Horological Machine. They are cool and sorta also tell the time.

    • Sam Soul

      267,000 is the only legible thing about this one.

  • Simon_Hell

    I bet you Marius won’t be giving this time piece to one of his nine years old ladyboy sex slaves.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      That’s outrageous Simon.

      • They only look look 9.

        • Word Merchant

          From which end?

        • Moonraker

          Well that’s still only a little bit better than the other way it could be read: nine 1-year-olds.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Don’t encourage him Mark !

  • MailGebbons

    I am predicting a huge modding community will blossom around this one. California dials!

    • Moonraker

      Sounds right. I heard those 28 guys have already set up a private message board.

  • Andrew Njoo

    Who comes up with these designs?

  • Howie Boyd

    Double tourbillons can’t agree on the seconds! WTF.

    • Word Merchant

      That’s because one half of the watch is in a different timezone to the other.

  • Yan Fin

    Unless price drops to $250,000 – nothing to talk about.

  • Kuroji

    Wait, I like fast cars and watches, yet I find this thing a garish nightmare.

  • Brosan55

    Whew doggie! Look at all them gadgets & whirly-gigs! What’s the gizmo to price ratio on this one?

  • Mikita

    Looks like the vomiting of a child who ate way too much multicolored gelatin.

  • Sam Soul

    The complication of this watch consists in just reading it.

  • Pretty thick at 14.95mm for a hand wound watch without any complications (or a seconds hand since the tourbillons hand that). I can’t imagine that the gearing of the two tourbillons adds much height either. Why the thickness of a chronograph? And I’ll not comment on the looks – this has to be one of my least favorite RD pieces.

  • Word Merchant

    I ought to know better, but I rather like this. Subtle it ain’t.
    I don’t understand how to read the power reserve dial though; in the photos here what power reserve reading is it showing?

    • It looks like there are two apertures. They are both white when optimal, yellow-to-red at the low aperture when low, and I haven’t seen the high shot but perhaps green or red at high when high? There are two shots in the article that show the former two.

      • Word Merchant

        Ah ok. Sounds plausible. Thanks.

  • Ulysses31

    This particular range from RD has in my view many aesthetic defects, regardless of the colour. In such a situation a stealthy subtle palette helps, in the same way that dark clothes are slimming on a less than perfect figure. Here, they’ve done the opposite; blending up several Amazonian macaws and spraying them haphazardly over everything. The result only accentuates those aforementioned flaws.

  • John Stevens

    This again is one of those watches with which you have to have a pre-learnt story, so that you can explain to your friends and anyone else who happens to be passing by why it’s so good and a technological marvel and why you spent a quarter of a million on it even though it looks like something you could pick up for a couple of hundred until they turn away in amazement because it’s not a Rolex.

  • BNABOD

    Suppose you would have to see it in the flesh. But as Mark pointed out the thickness for a non auto non chrono is odd but again because it is 47mm wide a really thin watch could have looked out of place. Prob for the Russian or UAE community if I had to guess

  • How many times per year does it have to be serviced to keep the seconds hands synchronized?

    • Moonraker

      It’s not coupled resonance like an Armin Strom. So they could get out of sync, right?

      • If that is the case, I would assume it would be easy for them to get out of sync. Thanks

        Kind of defeats the purpose of putting seconds indicators on both.

        • Moonraker

          In fact, as mentioned below, you can see in the photos that they’re out of sync.

          • Yes you are right, as it isn’t coupled resonance, it’s using a differential to power the tourbs, which is specifically designed to accommodate differences in frequency/amplitude. So they will never remain in synch, which makes the two sets of chapter rings a little confusing…

  • Bozzor

    A bit much for my boring tastes, but you have to appreciate the engineering of it…and really, there are more than 28 people in this world for whom this watch will bring out the Centurion card as easily as I whip out my over stretched credit card for a Big Mac…

  • Spangles

    Haute garbage

  • Shinytoys

    I can see the heavy connection between racing technologies and this watch. I can’t stop looking at it…it’s Haute Horology Machinery…

  • why you spent a quarter of a million on it even though it looks like something you could pick up for a couple of hundred until they turn away in amazement because it’s not a Rolex. http://donghocapxbox.com/