More and more watch brands enjoy collaborations with artisans who make their mark on their collections. As (mechanical) watches became obsolete in terms of their main purpose, this made a lot of sense, as they took on a different role and became more and more objects of art.
Roger Dubuis The brand regularly collaborates with creatives, with the watchmaker working last year with renowned tattoo artist Dr. Wu, who lent his touch to one of their timepieces. Once again this year the brand works once again to create unique mechanical art, now partnering with an artist Hajime Sorayama In a novel redesign of Excalibur Monobalancer.
Soroyama is best known for his realistic depictions of female robots, but he also worked on AIBO, Sony’s dog robot. It will be interesting to see what he can do with an already futuristic watch like the Excalibur Monobalancier with such a background. Soroyama did not disappoint in this one. He achieved harmony between his own style and that of Roger Dubuis by carefully re-sculpting the Excalibur monobalancer. As the material of choice, he chose polished titanium. The same applies to the star-shaped bridge, one of the hallmarks of the Excalibur collection. This gives the watch a better look and feel.
This Excalibur Monobalancer also stands out due to its titanium bracelet, which has the same polished finish as the case. Thanks to the quick-release system, it can be exchanged at any time for one of the brand’s straps. However, the bracelet adds so much character to the watch that I doubt owners will use this feature very often. Soroyama also put a special touch on the movement’s micro-rotor, equipping it with tiny blades that make it look like a turbine engine. As it moves, it creates a hypnotic effect, further enhancing the cool factor of this watch.
Although modern-looking, old-school craftsmanship underlies this Roger Dubuis, as its Poincon de Genève hallmark, also known as the Geneva Seal, testifies. In the brand’s tradition, the Excalibur Soroyama Monobalancier is limited to 28 pieces and retails $64,500.
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