In a dragon-infused spectacle marking the onset of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Roger Dubuis unveils the Excalibur Dragon Monotourbillon, a flamboyant addition to its famed Excalibur collection. In a year witnessing a surge in dragon-themed timepieces, the Swiss luxury watchmaker demonstrates its creative prowess, showcasing a sinuous dragon figure intricately integrated into this limited edition timepiece.
While Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur collection is often associated with the opulent Knights of the Round Table editions, the Dragon Monotourbillon introduces a captivating skeletonized design with a tourbillon complication. CEO Nicola Andreatta highlighted the collection’s 2021 reshaping, making it lighter, more contemporary, and refined.
Crafted in Geneva, Roger Dubuis boasts over 40 calibers since 1995, many featuring bold contemporary architecture and the esteemed Poinçon de Genève. The Excalibur Dragon Monotourbillon stands out by replacing the traditional star-shaped bridge with a meticulously crafted dragon figure, symbolizing the mighty dragon’s ascendancy in the Chinese Zodiac.
The dragon’s intricate body, composed of 27 brass pieces, winds around the barrel, slips beneath the flying tourbillon, and re-emerges on the lower dial. Black lacquer on the sides and a pink gold treatment on top enhance the dragon’s visual allure, with the components set at varying angles to create depth.
The skeletonized design allows the flying tourbillon to take center stage, showcasing the in-house manual-winding movement, calibre RD512SQ. The 42mm pink gold case, following recent design tweaks, maintains its powerful personality with tauter lines, guards, and a screw-down crown ensuring 100m water resistance.
Featuring a quick-release system, the watch comes with a black calfskin leather strap and a pink gold triple-folding buckle. Limited to 28 pieces, the Excalibur Dragon Monotourbillon is priced at CHF 195,000 (excl. tax).