Roger Dubuis Debuts Exquisite Tourbillon Timepieces at Watches and Wonders 2024

The latest Roger Dubuis creations epitomise true innovation. The collections are excellent examples of the brand’s core philosophy of Hyper Horology™
Roger Dubuis Debuts Exquisite Tourbillon Timepieces at Watches and Wonders 2024
April 11, 2024
Roger Dubuis Debuts Exquisite Tourbillon Timepieces at Watches and Wonders 2024

Every year, Roger Dubuis focuses on its core principle of Hyper Horology™, which is also represented in its wild booth designs. This year appears to be no exception. The brand continues to push horological boundaries into a new echelon with the Excalibur Titanium Monotourbillon (Ref. RDDBEX1112), the Excalibur Sunrise Double Tourbillon (Ref. RDDBEX1130), and the Orbis in Machina (Ref. RDDBEX1119). Discover the latest Roger Dubuis creations at Watches & Wonders 2024.

The Excalibur Sunrise Double Tourbillon

Roger Dubuis continues to redefine the art of watchmaking with its new Excalibur Sunrise Double Tourbillon, just unveiled at Watches and Wonders, being held in Geneva. In this configuration, two separate tourbillons operate independently of each other. Each has its own escapement and balance wheel, and they are not mechanically linked. The idea is that by averaging the rate of two independent timekeeping sources, greater accuracy can be achieved. This masterpiece, limited to just 8 pieces, dazzles us with 108 gems set in a gradient, mimicking the vibrant colours of dawn; they are housed in an 18 ct 45 mm pink gold case.

The pink gold bezel is set with 72 stones (red garnets, orange spessartite, and yellow sapphires). The pink gold coated double surface flange dial is satin-brushed, with transferred texts, while the polished and pink gold-plated hour markers are set with 9 stones (red garnets, orange spessartite and yellow sapphires). There are triple surface hands in pink gold with satin-brushed finish on the tilted surfaces and shot-blasted finish on the flat surface with black SLN tips.

The Roger Dubuis signature Star is placed in a spot stretching from 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock; the two independent tourbillons are placed at 5 o’clock and 7 o’clock. Powering the timepiece is the RD108, a manual winding movement featuring dual flying tourbillons with a differential for unparalleled precision. The sapphire see-through caseback showcases the intricate details of the movement, which is Poinçon de Genève-certified and has a 72-hour power reserve. The watch is finished on a premium calf leather strap, interchangeable with a pink gold triple folding buckle. 

The Excalibur Titanium Monotourbillon 

Roger Dubuis has also released the Excalibur Titanium Monotourbillon (Ref. RDDBEX1112), which is made of grade 5 titanium for maximum comfort and durability, making it ideal for watch lovers with an adventurous spirit. The 42 mm watch, limited to only 28 pieces, includes a striking flying tourbillon at 7 o'clock, capturing Roger Dubuis's mastery of a design that is both sporty and attractive as well as ergonomic. The flying tourbillon cage is made up of 63 components, including a lightweight titanium bottom cage and a Celtic Cross-inspired upper bridge.

Its single-sided mounting, with no supporting bridge on top, is completed via an astral. Like other Roger Dubuis novelties, this watch gets a 24-toothed bezel and a titanium crown. On the dial, wearers will find the star-shaped bridge, as normally seen on Excalibur watches. The model is lighter than a regular steel piece and can be worn as an everyday watch. The monochromatic satin-brushed dial gets a black double surface flange, along with an engraved minute track and transferred texts. 

What’s more, the watch gets polished and rhodium-plated hour markers with SLN in the centre, the signature five-pointed star, and the triple surface hour and minute hands in white gold with satin-brushed finish on the tilted surfaces and shot-blasted finish on the flat surface, and black SLN tips. Powering the watch is Calibre RD512 with a Poinçon de Genève certification and a 72-hour power reserve. Turning the watch over showcases the sapphire open caseback. The watch is finished on a titanium grade 5 bracelet, satin-brushed and with polished bevels and integrated buckle, interchangeable with a quick release system.

The Orbis in Machina

The new Roger Dubuis Orbis in Machina places the tourbillon at its core, recalling a design similar to that of the 2022 Knights of the Round Table Monotourbillon. The new 45 mm case, with its characteristic notched bezel and intricate crown guards at 3 o’clock, is made of 18 ct rose gold. The multi-level, three-dimensional dial of Orbis in Machina is pretty impressive. The outermost satin-brushed grey two-sided flange houses the 11 polished pink gold-plated hour indices with Super-LumiNova inserts at the centre; the 12 o’clock has been replaced by the Roger Dubuis logo, while the outer flange contains the Hour sign.

From the front, a brushed gold disc acts as a backdrop for the towering centre construction, generating a striking contrast and adding to the timepiece's apparent depth. Moving closer to the centre, the grey satin-brushed minutes ring with gold-coloured markings is the next element, also with a signed mirror-polished inclined part; it is situated on a separate level and kept in place by three screws.

The grey satin-brushed disc with the seconds markers surrounds the central flying tourbillon, and the plaque attached has "seconds" in white transfer. The hours and minutes are marked by satin-brushed, pink gold-plated, open-worked hands, mounted on revolving discs, which have white Super-LumiNova in their inner portions for clear legibility in any lighting condition. The gold-coloured, arrowhead-shaped tip of the hand, affixed to the tourbillon cage, represents seconds.

Powering the watch is a manual winding Calibre RD115 with a 72-hour power reserve. The caseback is almost baroque with sliced bridges and rounder lines, which are very much rooted in classic Geneva haute horlogerie. There are 19 specific finishing techniques that have been used, including the elegant perlage, Côte de Genève, and snailing. The Orbis in Machina is finished on a black leather strap with a quick-release system. Limited to 88 pieces, the Orbis in Machina is finished on a black leather strap with a quick-release system.

Image Credits: Roger Dubuis