Roger Dubuis kicked off 2016 with a bang when they unveiled their carbon-cased variant of the Excalibur Automatic Skeleton, and just as these pieces began trickling into retailers, the brand brought another surprising bit of news to watch enthusiasts everywhere: an extremely limited boutique edition destined strictly for the American market.
The Excalibur Spider Americas is based on the existing Excalibur Spider Flying Tourbillon, adding bold red accents as well as a DLC black titanium case and a contrasting white rubber strap. As with all things Roger Dubuis, the fit and finish of the new piece is nothing short of remarkable and, thanks to the minimalist execution of its flying tourbillon movement, the timepiece is a real mechanical marvel to behold.
Skeletonized watches are a tough thing to master in every spectrum of horology, and credit where credit is due, Roger Dubuis is an absolute leader in the segment. Before even getting to the case construction, this RD505SQ flying tourbillon movement takes over 700 hours to manufacture from start to finish. The combination of their unique star-shaped bridges and Celtic cross-shaped tourbillon carriage aren’t the kinds of things you’ll see anywhere else, and the addition of a circular-grained finishing to its main plate just tips the scales.
As you’ve probably deciphered by now, this kind of jaw-dropping attention to detail and extremely limited production comes with a fairly steep sticker price. The Excalibur Spider Americas retails for $167,500. Examples started arriving in the Madison Avenue boutique this past month and are selling at an impressive pace. At the time of our photo shoot, four of the 20 units had already sold, so if you want one, well, the watch is ticking.