Roger Dubuis unveils its Excalibur Aventador S at Lamborghini Manila
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Last November 28th, Lucerne Group together with Lamborghini Manila hosted an exclusive dinner event for watch aficionados and supercar owners at the Lamborghini showroom in BGC to unveil the latest Roger Dubuis timepiece collaboration with the Italian supercar manufacturer.
Oliver Gudin, managing director of Roger Dubuis Southeast Asia and Oceana and Davide Sfrecola, area manager for Lamborghini Southeast Asia flew in just for the event.
Lucerne Group is the exclusive distributor for Roger Dubuis, and partnered with Lamborghini Manila to unveil the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S, along with other Roger Dubuis timepieces. The Excalibur Aventador S have two variants, epitomizing its “Dare to be rare” concept by creating a very exclusive 88 and 8-piece limited edition timepieces in this collaborative project.
The 88-piece limited edition Excalibur Aventador S bears the inimitable Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” yellow paint code while the even more exclusive 8-piece limited edition series comes in “Arancio Argos” color code. These timepieces were revealed last September at the legendary Lamborghini Headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese by Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Squadra Corse.
It is not just a brand partnership, according to Gudin, who explained that both companies shared their technical expertise and use of exotic and “disruptive” non-traditional materials like carbon and cobalt in the watchmaking process. He further explained that in a previous collaborative project with Formula One tire supplier Pirelli, they used the actual rubber from the racing tires used in the 2016 Formula One race held in Monaco and remolded it as watch straps. The Pirelli Excalibur Spider watch was previously featured in Executive Essentials when it was launched by Roger Dubuis earlier this year.
Both brand share the same values of using innovative technology and space age materials, with the best of Italian aesthetic sensibilities and no compromise performance to deliver daring customer experiences. That is why Roger Dubuis attracts the younger watch enthusiasts who are always looking for something different, Gudin added. Leading to the creation of these exclusive timepieces are years of research and development outside the field of haute horology. These disciplines include aircraft and marine craft technology and now collaborations with luxury automakers.
Performance is engraved in the Roger Dubuis DNA and with Lamborghini, the adrenaline rush of mutual recognition was there right from the start. Breaking the rules and “dare to be rare” is a common intuitive direction for these two maverick brands. So the landmark unveiling of this new partnership in the country had to be at the heart of Lamborghini’s home in BGC, where a red Aventador S sits on the center stage of the event.
Living up to the “Powered by Raging Mechanics” signature, the Excalibur Aventador S is powered by a specially developed Duotor calibre. This Lamborghini-exclusive Roger Dubuis movement embodies an ongoing evolution of the Maison’s expertise, entirely reinterpreted in light of this automobile alliance. Inspired by power in keeping with the proud Lamborghini tradition shared by the Geneva-based Manufacture.
The Duotor calibre is designed to look like it has engine strut bars as if the engine ‘hood’ were transparent. This looked really well with the sleek double balance wheel that is inclined at a similar angle, supported and highlighted by holders shaped like triangular wheel suspension assemblies. Again, daring to be rare, the angular position of the wheel balance is very unique to Roger Dubuis and designing it took a lot of expertise so that the watch will not be too bulky on the wrist. The casework of the watch uses molded carbon fiber similar to the technology and materials used in an actual Lamborghini, so that the collaborative timepiece will really share the same DNA.