The buzz has already begun, though it will go from a whisper to a roar leading up to the Salon International de la Haute Horologie (SIHH) in 2017. Roger Dubuis will reveal not one, not two, but three exciting Excalibur watches, including the latest iteration of the revolutionary Quatuor.
The Quatuor was at one point considered by many experts an impossible timepiece to make. The idea was to build four sprung balances into the watch, which would allow it to instantly compensate for gravitational effect. Even the finest tourbillon alone takes a full minute to do the same job. This was a great watchmaking achievement, certainly, but Dubuis has not stopped there.
The 2017 calendar year will see the advent of a completely watchmaking new material called cobalt chrome. It is a chrome alloy that encases the watch, with the alloy made by a trademark-registered MicroMelt technology. The watch is called Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt, and only eight pieces will be available to the world.
The Excalibur Spider Skeleton Automatic will also take a bow. The blue/black/red theme catches the eye, as does the extreme transparency of the skeleton itself, which includes even the hands of the watch. Materials such as titanium mean this watch is extremely light on the wrist as well, a true showcase, made in a limited edition of 88 pieces.
The Excalibur Essential 36 Automatic is named after the fact that its 36-millimetre diameter makes it perfect for both a male and a female wrist. The black titanium case is embedded with a bezel set with 48 blue sapphires; it is a statement watch, no matter which gender is wearing it. There will be only 28 pieces available in this special release. For all we know, attendees of SIHH 2017 are already holding their breath, counting their moments.
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