This is the new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Sorayama Monobalancier, a unique 42 mm wristwatch with a crazy and elaborate dial.
This piece is a literal ‘work of art’ because it was designed in partnership with a Japanese artist.
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It’s based on the Excalibur, one of Roger Dubuis’ most popular models, and features gorgeous 3D geometrical shapes on the dial, including the brand’s flagship asymmetrical star.
One of the most fascinating elements on the dial, right under the sapphire crystal that protects it, is the little rotor that looks like a mini wheel.
The watch actually creates an optical illusion when it’s being worn.
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The automatic movement that powers it, just like every other component of this timepiece, is made from exotic and high-tech materials.
In this case, diamond-coated silicon reduces friction and increases accuracy.
How much? Well, the watch is limited to 28 units only, with price upon request.
For reference, the price for a pre-owned Excalibur varies a lot depending on which specific model you pick, but you have to be ready to spend $100,000-$150,000 on average.
Considering its limited availabity and the engineering and design process behind it, we can safely say you’re looking at a price tag of at least half a million dollars.
About Roger Dubuis
It was founded in 1995 in Geneva, Switzerland and it has been part of the Richemont Group (Panerai, Cartier and JWC among others) since 2008.
Motorheads might recognize the brand from its ongoing collaboration with Pirelli and Lamborghini Squadra Corse.
Hajime Sorayama is a 75-year-old Japanese artist and illustrator known for his ultra-realistic depictions of robots and androids.
In 2013 and 2014, Sorayama designed Star Wars-themed robots and pin-ups which were later sold to Disney.