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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- The next stage in Roger Dubuis’ ongoing partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse
- RD103SQ Caliber with double sprung balance, designed to look like the engine of a Lamborghini Aventador
- Poinçon de Genève certified finishing
- 45mm pink gold and multi-layer carbon case
- Limited to 28 pieces worldwide