Christmas is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing for watch lover’s; watch fair season is just around the corner! As with every year the invitation-only SIHH will kick things off in mid-January, along with the Geneva Time Exhibition (now in its 4th year) with BaselWorld following hot on their heels at the end of April.
If you feel like that’s still too far away don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Fortunately for people like us though most of the brands exhibiting at the various fairs realized long ago that their fans are rather an impatient lot, and so began the tradition of pre-show previews. As such, I thought I would kick things off with a quick look at a sleek new timepiece from Roger Dubuis that will be officially debuted at SIHH 2013, the Excalibur 42 Chronograph.
The Excalibur 42 Chronograph
The Excalibur 42 first caught my eye thanks to its rich, deep blue dial and bold contrasting silver indices. Not a shrinking violet by any stretch of the imagination this is classic Roger Dubuis at their best, albeit thankfully a bit more subdued than earlier iterations. Although it is relatively simplistic in its design, the clever use of contrast – some parts of the 42mm stainless case are polished, whilst others are brushed – and a high level of attention to detail have combined to make this an extremely attractive, and legible, timepiece.
Beneath the surface of the stunning dial beats a new manufacture caliber, the RD681 complete with micro-rotor. The chronograph movement has been COSC certified for accuracy and also bears the Geneva Seal as a testament to the quality of its craftsmanship. On the dial it indicates the hours, minutes and date, as well as a large seconds hand, 30 minute counter at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock.
The Final Word
Generally speaking most of Roger Dubuis’ creations are a little too gregarious for my tastes however I must say I find this model quite appealing. No word on pricing as yet but I would estimate (hopefully) that it will be somewhere between US$15k – $20k, which I think would be reasonable given the level of finishing and the fact that this is a manufacture movement.
For more information please be sure to visit the brand’s official website: www.rogerdubuis.com