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Swiss watchmaker Roger Dubuis is not a brand that will be content to tick quietly in a corner. And ever since it began its partnership with Italian motorsports experts Lamborghini Squadra Corse, it has turned up the volume even further and consistently put out timepieces that make collectors hearts race — the ones who appreciate Roger Dubuis’ brawny aesthetics, that is. The strapping Excalibur Huracán Performante is certainly one such example.
Inspired by the sleek, sharp aesthetics of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, Roger Dubuis watchmakers have developed a timepiece that matches the car in all its high-octane glory. With its 45mm titanium case and flashy aesthetics, the Excalibur Huracán Performante is one watch that will definitely feel at home on the wrist of any motorsport fan.
You can’t talk about a watch or car without talking about the engine, and that is where Roger Dubuis has focused most of its energies. The brand new RD630 automatic movement makes its debut in the Excalibur Huracán Performante, and like most of Roger Dubuis’ modern calibres, it is both technically impressive and aesthetically aggressive. The balance wheel, which has been repositioned at 12 o’clock, is also inclined by 12 degrees, with the top edge of the balance tilted towards the dial. It is protected by a new strut-bar shaped bridge that resemble that of the Huracán’s V10 engine.
That’s not the only design element that takes after the Huracán automobile. The calibre RD630’s twin barrels at 5 and 7 o’clock also echo the architecture of the Huracán’s V10 engine, and the narrow hexagon shape that appears on the louvred air intakes of the Huracán has been replicated on the dial of Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur Huracán Performante timepiece, with the honeycomb pattern forming the base of the openwork dial.
Roger Dubuis’ attention to detail also means that it designed the crown of the watch to mimic racing nuts commonly found on supercar wheels. The oscillating weight of the automatic movement, visible through the caseback, takes after the Huracán’s wheel rims.
As a finishing touch, Roger Dubuis dressed the 45mm titanium case with bright yellow accents, and paired it with an Alcantara leather strap that bears a rubber inlay with the pattern of the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyre.
The Excalibur Huracán Performante is limited to just 88 pieces worldwide.