Introducing The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Sorayama Monobalancier

The newcomer represents a first for the Swiss manufacture.

By Terry Christodoulou 19/07/2022

Roger Dubuis’ quest for inspiration has seen the already pioneering watchmaker look outside the box — forming its ‘Urban Culture Tribe’. Here, Roger Dubuis has commissioned a series of artists and creatives the likes of Chinese artist Liu Wei, graffiti artist Gully and renowned tattoo artist Dr Woo to collaborate and craft rare pieces of horology.

Now, as an extension of the ongoing project, the Swiss manufacture has tapped Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama for its new Excalibur Sorayama Monobalancier.

Pioneering in his art, the world-famous Sorayama rose to notoriety through his super-realistic “Sexy Robots”, which has seen his talent lead to working with the biggest names across high fashion, technology and music.

Aligned to Sorayama’s want to break conventions, the artist has bent Roger Dubuis’ design codes by taking the 42mm Excalibur design and altering it with curvy lines and a shiny finish— borrowing cues from his 3D sculptures within the titanium finish.

There is also a first for Roger Dubuis here in the fully titanium cases and bracelet —polished to a high shine —alongside the micro-rotor, creating a hypnotising moire optical illusion.

Away from the design work, the skeleton calibre RD720SQ manufacture by Roger Dubuis in its Geneva manufacture remains certified by the Ponçon de Geneve, with each component finished by hand. The Sorayama’s calibre features improved performances, with a power reserve up to 72 hours — thanks to a new geartrain toothing — and escapement optimisation.

As one can expect, the watch is limited to just 28 pieces and is fist offered to Japan before global sales. Price, is naturally, on application.


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