Often, industries silo themselves away, insulating themselves from advances made by others. Of late, Swiss watchmakers have been borrowing materials from other industries, like automotive, medical, and aerospace, to create new metallurgical combinations as well as silicon-enhanced movements as well as incredible cases. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Twofold is one shining example of what can be achieved with this practice.
The Excalibur Twofold appears to be a white ceramic watch with perhaps a bit of a sci-fi appearance in the light of day. But when the lights go off, you can see just how futuristic the watch is. It becomes something that you would expect from the world of Tron, thanks to its glow-in-the-dark features. “The Excalibur Twofold is a perfect example of our conception of art technologies and innovations. Focusing on that innovation, three world premieres were introduced with this incredible timepiece: a new ultra-white composite material, luminescent angles on the calibre and luminescent rubber on the strap. We exploited them as artistic features to showcase, once again, the most exciting way to experience Haute Horlogerie,” says Roger Dubuis CEO Nicola Andreatta.
The model’s case and bezel are crafted out of a new material—Mineral Composite Fiber (MCF). This composite comes out ultra-white and is 99.95 per cent silica. The case measures 45 mm and houses an RD01SQ movement, which is backed by the Poincon de Geneve. The angles of the calibre on the upper plate have been subjected to a patented process that makes them luminescent at night. The strap is made of fluorocarbon rubber, which is better known as “LumiSuperBiwiNova” and glows just as brightly as does the upper plate.
Roger Dubuis will be limiting the Excalibur Twofold to just eight pieces, which will be priced at $276,000.