Roger Dubuis has been on a spree of material innovation lately. A few weeks ago, I looked at the Excalibur Carbon Spider Watch which had the first movement to feature significant use of carbon – specifically, the movement plate, bridges, and tourbillon upper cage were done in carbon. We also got to go hands-on with this watch, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt which is the first Roger Dubuis Replica China in the world to feature a case constructed entirely out of something called cobalt chrome – a high-strength alloy that serves as a suitable backdrop for the watch’s impressive quad layout balance.
Roger Dubuis released the first Excalibur Quatuor model back in 2013, and they were already experimenting with materials on the watch, offering a silicon model in a limited edition of 3 watches each priced at a staggering $1,000,000. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt doesn’t get near that price. Though, it is also a limited edition, coming in only 8 pieces. What was visually impressive then remains as such – check out the video above of the four balances in action.
Ceramic like a Roger Dubuis Quatuor Replica case material continues to sometimes evoke skepticism, as ceramic includes a brittle failure mode – to put it plainly, it’ll break ahead of it’ll bend – but present day technical ceramics largely seem to have the ability to handle the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and certainly the watch internets aren’t specifically littered with images of broken ceramic view situations with indignant captions (however you can obtain them should you appear). Ceramic as being a case material will not be a mere freak of contemporary luxury advertising and marketing either; Seiko started working with a ceramic bezel shroud in its 1000m Pro Diver quartz model in 1986. You will find rewards and drawbacks to any materials and also you shell out your dollars and you also requires your odds, however the obstacles to wider adoption of ceramic being a case materials seem to be technical rather than practical.
As our Kenny Yeo put it when we covered this watch’s release, “Cobalt chrome is an alloy with a very high specific strength and biocompatibility, and it is used widely in the medical and aeronautical industries to make turbines, artificial knee and hip joints, and even dental crowns.” And as for MicroMelt, it’s the process that involves atomizing a molten alloy in a high-pressure gas stream.
The result is essentially a powder which is then subjected to blending, isostatic pressing, hot working, and processing. In this case, the process results in cobalt chrome. Additionally, many of the corrosion-resistant features of the watch are also due in part to the passive protection film that exists as a trait typical in most anti-corrosive metals. The vibrant sheen of the cobalt chrome coupled with the blue PVD on the plates and bridges is nothing short of a visual treat.
We wouldn’t be able to talk about a Quator Roger Dubuis Double Tourbillon Replica without mentioning the array of four balances arranged symmetrically throughout the dial. They’re all angled at 45 degrees and occupy large internal cutaways that also leave most of the movement visible. In theory, these four balances linked by five differentials cancel out the effects of gravity on each individual balance. Whatever the reason may be for this approach, one thing is for sure – it looks really, really great. Check out the video above to get a close look at one of the balances in action.
The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt Replica Watches has a 48mm-wide and 18.38mm-thick case, so it’s definitely a big watch but that’s really in the Roger Dubuis DNA at this point. Looking at the case back, we see the near-kaleidoscopic symmetry Roger Dubuis achieves with the the RD101 movement – a Geneva Seal-certified, 590-component caliber that also delivers a stifled 40 hours of power reserve. Looking through the case-back, we find much of the same blue PVD execution seen on the dial with a bit more decoration throughout the plate and bridges.
Can I just add how cool the toothed bezel and the crown look – positively vibrant with their angles and the sheen of the cobalt-chrome.
The Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Blancpain Ocean Dedication II (nicknamed the BOC II) is constructed making use of the lightweight material (and houses exactly the same caliber F385), although the colour scheme has become flipped all-around: the dial is grey, but the case is now a striking matte blue colour rather. Again, this is a new introduction for Blancpain, and it is absolutely one particular that’s gonna get observed. It will likely be intriguing to view how Blancpain goes on to integrate this material into other non-marine themed watches (or not). This time throughout the blue ceramic bezel matches the situation, in lieu of delivering contrast. From the photographs we’ve right here, the blue ceramic looks to have a slightly pearlescent finish too.
Not unlike other watches from the brand, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt blends a few automotive-inspired touches thanks to the minute track which, at least to my eye, is reminiscent of a speedometer. The hands are white gold with red tips and paired with a group of rhodium-plated indexes to complement the blue PVD and red color scheme I mentioned earlier. The same color scheme can be found in the power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock, which I found to be a playful touch considering how much of an afterthought most power reserve indications appear to be in other timepieces.
Roger Dubuis paired the Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt with a blue alligator leather strap featuring red stitching and a Grade 5 titanium clasp. While I can’t really recall the last time I saw an alligator strap with stitched accents, I found the matching color scheme to be a nice touch that brought even more balance to the watch.
Back in 2013, Blancpain resurrected the Bathyscaphe diver like a portion of your Fifty Fathoms assortment. It had plenty of vintage styling, rock-solid development, and a nice motion inside as well. There was a lot to enjoy and I even put a single by means of its paces inside a Week Over the Wrist, loving my time with it. If I had one particular complaint even though, it had been the watch’s size. At 43mm, it had been considerably greater compared to the vintage divers that inspired it and also a very little chunky for me personally. Effectively, now that dilemma is solved. Blancpain is taking the exact same general Bathyscaphe style and design and introducing it inside a smaller 38mm situation size.
Only a number of weeks ago Arthur took an in-depth check out the white gold edition of this observe in the Week About the Wrist, calling it “a hugely wearable and functional triple calendar with some interesting vintage details and serious history.” I cannot say I disagree using the guy in any way. Not merely is it considered one of Blancpain’s best sellers, but it truly is also a damn handsome consider on a incredibly classic kind of calendar observe. This one particular has a number of technical flourishes like quick correctors hidden inside the lugs on top on the old-school show, plus the dial is just amazing.
This is really Roger Dubuis doing what they do best – creating intricately sporty horological wonders that experiment with new materials. It’s a luxury based on theatrical design and material innovation. It’s also a watch that most of us will never get to call our own, since they are only making 8 of them at a price of 390,000 CHF. rogerdubuis.com