Excalibur, the iconic and deliberately extravagant Roger Dubuis collection – with its signature blend of technical mastery and powerful design – is set to rock the watchmaking world as never before at SIHH 2017. And like any upcoming quake, premonitory tremors are rippling across the landscape. Here is a sneak peek at two of them.
EXCALIBUR QUATUOR COBALT MICROMELT
When it comes to progressive complications, the hand-wound 590-part RD101 Quatuor movement — beating at a frequency of 16 Hz (115,200 vph) with its four sprung balances and five differentials — is as progressive as they get. Outstandingly fast and efficient, it achieves instantaneously what the tourbillon takes a full minute to accomplish: namely, compensating for the rate variations caused by the effects of gravity on a watch. This year will see the Quatuor watch welcome its very own disruptive material: cobalt chrome.