Peak Performance: Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Unveil The Excalibur Spider Huracán Sterrato Monobalancier
By The Time Place Magazine
What happens when a manufacturer of super cars collaborates with a manufacturer of progressive luxury watches? The result is magic. This year seems to have started off with plenty of surprises from Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini, including its latest release, although the watch was already premiered to the public at the end of 2022.
Roger Dubuis, the Manufacture from Geneva, recently debuted a new Lamborghini-inspired Excalibur Spider Huracán Sterrato Monobalancier (MB) at Art Basel in Miami. Meanwhile, the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato, produced by Lamborghini, the super car manufacturer from Italy, was launched simultaneously with the watch on December 1, 2022, at an opening night party in Miami. The two prestigious brands decided to team up and unleash their creativity to create an audacious timepiece. Their efforts have led to a watch with a unique calibres, built like an engine.
Inspired by Lamborghini, Roger Dubuis developed high technological innovations, offering to its fans and collectors a one-of-a-kind timepiece which evokes the uncompromised savoir-faire of the Manufacture. This continuous collaboration of incredible watchmakers and visionary engineers has successfully produced a heart-pumping timepiece infused with the horological excellence of the Maison and the spirit of the Huracán Sterrato, an unconventional car.
The Excalibur Spider Huracán Sterrato MB timepiece is powered by the RD630 calibre. Taking cues from the engines of supercars, the RD630 was developed specifically for the partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse. Its design specifically reflects the hexagonal air intakes of Lamborghini Squadra Corse, just as the symmetry of the twin barrels offers a further nod to the Huracán collection and the multi-fuel tanks of its supercars.
The twin barrel power supply allows the calibre to reach a power reserve of 60 hours. The calibre structure is designed like a supercar engine with strut-bars forming a clear and visible visual signature, while the rotor is designed like a super car wheel rim. Always adopting an unconventional approach, the Maison’s watchmakers tilted the tourbillon to a 12° angle to achieve peak performance. Featuring an automatic movement and self-winding, the watch beats at 28,800 vph or 4Hz. Completing these impressive mechanics, the date is featured at 6 o’clock.
The design of the watch is ultra-modern, not only in the colours used but also the materials. The massive 45 mm case is made of SMC Carbon, a composite material nine times lighter than gold. This is the same material used in the Lamborghini Huracán’s monocoque chassis and body panels. The racing watch is also suitable for light snorkelling, with a water resistance of up to 50 metres.
Easily visible from across the room, the novel timepiece features electrifying orange and bold red, a stunning demonstration of super sleek aesthetics. Sharp lines found across the dial from 12 to 7 o’clock, and from 12 to 5 o’clock, recall the clean-cut lines of the Sterrato’s roof rack. A distinctive feature of every Excalibur Spider Huracán is its crown; inspired by racing nuts, it brings even more roaring style to the wrist.
Crafted from black rubber, the inner strap is inspired by the tire tread pattern of a Pirelli Super Trofeo R tyre. This limited edition watch comes with the Quick Release System—a feature that lets you change straps in the blink of an eye. Looking closely, the fiery camo pattern of the strap recalls the gravel abilities of the super sports car. This distinctive motif requires numerous coloured plates to be vulcanised together through a specific process that takes 30% longer than a regular strap.
Limited to just 28 pieces, the Excalibur Spider Huracán Sterrato MB blends advanced mechanics and hyper-tech materials with adrenaline-charged aesthetics. This new release from Roger Dubuis is a daring invitation to steer off road for life’s biggest and boldest thrills.
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