Scattered in the following paragraphs as well as in the look gallery right here images from Roger Dubuis’ 2012 advertising campaign for that Excalibur collection. I’m not sure who they hired with this along with other advertisements, however when I saw them I had been like “whoa….!” The fantasy loving Tolkeinist within me was like “holy garbage, finally a wristwatch for Middle Earth denizens.” Having a title like “Excalibur” it is no wonder they would have a fantasy-style medieval method of the artwork for that advertisements. Although it ended in ways nothing like that which you frequently see within the snooty and conservative realm of costly watches.
Over the last few years Roger Dubuis has reinvented itself a few times. I am going to spare discussing this for this topic for the second or third time, but you can read more in previous Roger Dubuis articles I wrote in 2012. The last piece I discussed was the remarkably difficult to define yet plainly cool Roger Dubuis Pulsion timepiece collection.
For 2012, Roger Dubuis offers a new smaller version of the Excalibur watch. It comes in a few versions and is a nice choice as an addition, rather than replacement, of the previous Excalibur models. The Arthurian-sword-named collection always had those very cool sharp-looking Roman numeral hour markers and sword-like dauphine hour and minute hands. Very rarely does a watch name fit the design so well. Being a Roger Dubuis, it also comes with a Knight of The Round Table suitable price.
The brand new model may be the Excalibur 42, that is, not remarkably, 42mm wide. That’s lower in the lavish 45mm width from the other models. It seamless comfort around the wrist at 42mm wide, however the bigger-than-existence type of the situation and dial also look great within the bigger situation too for me. A skinny bezel and wide searching dial help this watch to feel and look its biggest. That’s obviously assisted through the broadly spread lugs having a third carry segment included in the center – permanently measure. The non special edition version also will get a substantial subsidiary seconds dial which will help the size nicely. The limited versions are available in jewellery form along with the “Automatic Precious Dial” variety like the pictured model having a blue lapis lazuli dial.
I wonder what a bracelet on this watch would look like? Hmm… For now we get custom fit alligator straps in brown or black. What I like is that Roger Dubuis offers a version of the Excalibur 42 in steel. There are also 18k white and rose gold versions (of course). What do you think of the “serrated” style bezels? I’ve always liked them but they aren’t for everyone. As you can see, the Excalibur 42 has a variety of metallic toned dials to choose from. Though the more I look at it, the more I like the blue lapis lazuli version.
Within the Excalibur 42 is really a new Roger Dubuis in-house made automatic movement. It’s the quality RD620 automatic. Really nicely made, it provides a micro-rotor and delightful finishing. Roger Dubuis does not always seem one, but they’re primarily a movement maker at heart. Just think about all of the tourbillons (in addition to double tourbillons) they make. Oh, and also the special edition versions from the Excalibur 42 possess a different movement known as the RD622. It’s essentially identical to the RD620 automatic, but sans a subsidiary seconds dial.
Overall I like the new Excalibur 42 collection, but still prefer the larger size and slightly more intricate dials of the past. At this size a bit of femininity takes over making these “uni-sex” watches. They are still masculine at heart, but few guys at Roger Dubuis would choose one of these over a Pulsion. In the end it is another bold, acquired taste design with a good looking in-house made movement from Roger Dubuis. Price likely starts north of $10,000.