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Watch of the Week: Roger Dubuis Aventador S Pink Gold

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S

If anyone had doubts that there was a watchmaker capable of matching the borderline insanity and unapologetic over-the-top masculinity that defines Lamborghini, Roger Dubuis proved them wrong earlier this year.

The Excalibur Aventador S was a declaration of intent that not only showed off the extremes Roger Dubuis were capable of, but asserting this as one of the finest watch/car partnerships in the world. Now the avant garde watchmaker is hitting the ground running in the New Year to show it was more than just a one-off.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S

Whereas the original version was a stripped-down horological racing machine, the new edition of the Aventador S takes a more luxurious approach. The multi-layer carbon and yellow bezel has been replaced with a weighty one of solid rose gold, as has the central part of the Lamborghini ‘engine’. Even the crown and hand tips have had a Midas touch applied.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S

The result is something a little less track-influenced, without the bright colours and visible overabundance of advanced materials that characterise high-end racing watches. The multi-layer carbon is still there, making the case light and strong, but the dominating gold creates a darker, more aesthetically sophisticated evolution of the concept.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S

Technically, everything that made the original Aventador S a masterwork in avant garde watchmaking is still very much present. The skeletonised layout still makes a more than passable imitation of an Aventador engine and the double sprung, differentially-linked balances that power it.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S

Finished with a black Alcantara strap, the new Aventador S has everything of the original world premiere but in an unapologetically extravagant setting – less performance, more luxury, all Roger Dubuis. No wonder it’s limited to just 8 pieces.

More details at Roger Dubuis.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.