The price of sports cars has been going up (along with everything else) over the past few years, and in this case cars are actually more expensive than watches. The 2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 car that inspired it starts at more than $2.6 million and is limited to just 112 examples. The newer Lamborghini Countach may not be as disruptive as some of the originals, but it’s still an enviable car from the brand that Roger Dubuis has been with for years. One of the latest limited-edition collaborations between the two luxury houses includes this Excalibur Spider reference RDDBEX0988 double flying tourbillon Wholesale replica watches with a white case made of mineral composite fiber (MCF).
There have been reports that MCF is a difficult material to work with, so it’s unclear whether Roger Dubuis will continue to use this interesting material in the future, but the concept is sound. The modern trend is towards high-end complication watches like the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider (base model) that use lighter materials, as well as automotive and other racing nomenclature. This has prompted the use of various carbon composite materials, valued for their practical applications in performance sports, interesting organic textures, lighter weight, and of course, their fancy-sounding names. Where the carbon is problematic is the lighter color because the base material is black. So how do you get a high-end white watch? One option is a white ceramic such as zirconia, but this has issues with machining accuracy (especially hollow parts) and long-term durability. (While ceramics are highly scratch-resistant, only certain shapes and thicknesses are shock-resistant enough.) Ceramics aren’t particularly light, either.
The search for white materials that can be cut into complex shapes has often led the Geneva team to mineral composite fibers. The material is fine, but I think the search will continue for the perfect white case material with the benefits of carbon and other modern composites. The case is 47 mm wide and the bezel and other parts are made of titanium. The white on the bezel is applied with varnish. Above the dial is a domed sapphire crystal, and the case is water resistant to 50 meters.
It is easy to see the complexity of the case construction, including the various materials and the many parts within it. Of course, this complexity pales in comparison to the RD112 hand-wound mechanical double-tilt tourbillon movement designed and produced in-house by replica Roger Dubuis. Movements are all about visual impressions and technical specifications. The two inclined tourbillon systems are connected by a differential system, and the 90-degree angled tourbillon is actually more accurate than the horizontally inclined tourbillon. That said, this is undoubtedly an expensive movement, with most of that cost going to its architectural appearance and complications.
The RD112 movement has a 72-hour power reserve, while both tourbillons run at 3Hz. Comprising 295 parts, the movement has a central bridge structure reminiscent of the rear window and body section of a Countach car – complete with window panels. While the futuristic, automotive-inspired look of the RD112 caliber won’t be for everyone, it’s still a very impressive piece of mechanical sculpture, further bearing the famous Poinçon de Genève, a hallmark of manufacturing origin , but also aesthetics and performance.
The fun red accents on the inner strap and caseback look great when you take the watch off. You can see that Roger Dubuis has equipped the custom strap with a quick release, which looks interesting, but is also very comfortable to wear. Although the watch is impractical from a design and cost standpoint, it is very comfortable and not difficult to read when striking the time. Branding is an interesting topic because although this is an official timepiece produced in partnership with Lamborghini, the automaker’s name does not appear on the watch. Instead, the “Countach” name is embossed on the sapphire crystal caseback, and the watch’s dial bears only Roger Dubuis branding. This may be intentional due to the “car replica watches online curse”.
It’s a tongue-in-cheek reference to some of the more aspirational car brand timepieces, but they haven’t fared well with consumers. One solution that might help is to be more restrained when it comes to printing the brand name on the watch – something Roger Dubuis would certainly think the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Countach White Mineral Composite Fiber 47mm timepiece has done.
This white MCF and titanium Excalibur Spider Countach is cool, but also very niche and very expensive. I like the aesthetic that Roger Dubuis is going for, but don’t think the brand needs to price it so high. Maybe just a tourbillon? Or is it a simpler concept? The idea is that the white shell, aggressively futuristic styling and brand appeal might be more apparent at a more affordable price.
Whether or when that will happen is entirely theoretical at this point. Until then, we can enjoy these high-end delicacies and they will still cost a little less than the cars that inspired them.