How The World Of Supercars Inspired These Exquisite Timepieces
May 16, 2018 | BY Brian Cheong
The arena of motorsports is a wonderful source of inspiration for watchmakers who share its passion for thrilling performance, out-of-the-box innovation and exclusivity. For fans of this universe, look no further than Roger Dubuis, with its penchant for employing disruptive materials and extreme mechanics in watchmaking, and Bulgari, with its impeccable sense of style, for three of the most desirable supercar-inspired watches this year.
Roger Dubuis x Lamborghini x Pirelli
For the first time, Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the motorsports arm of the Italian marque, has combined forces with Roger Dubuis to create two limited edition watches: Excalibur Aventador S Blue (limited to 88 pieces) and Excalibur Aventador S Pink Gold (28 pieces).
The partnership, which also saw the Swiss manufacture coming in as the main sponsor of Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo Championship in February this year, is fuelled by the motto “Powered by Raging Mechanics”, alluding to the cutting-edge technology of the double balance wheel Duotor system driving the watches.
Incorporated in the completely revamped RD103SQ skeleton movement, the Duotor’s balance wheels are inclined at a certain angle supported by holders shaped like triangular wheel suspension assemblies. One is tuned to spin slightly faster than the other; the rate differential apparently makes for more precise timekeeping. The overall look of the movement, which can be seen on the open dial, recalls the longitudinal placement of Lamborghini engines.
Boasting an extraordinary total frequency of 8Hz, the movement is housed in two different cases. First, the Aventador S Blue is crafted in C-SMC carbon that also forms Lamborghini cars. The colour blue appears on the bi-material strap, the rubber over-moulding on the case and crown, and the fluted carbon bezel.
Then there is the S Pink Gold and like its name suggests, boasts pink gold fluted bezel as well as pink gold indexes and hands. The black Alcantara strap is also lined with gold stitching.
Last year, Roger Dubuis collaborated with Pirelli, the tyre manufacturer for racing cars. The results are an automatic Excalibur Spider Skeleton and a double flying tourbillon option. This year, the Pirelli collection is expanded with an automatic in black titanium with a choice of deep blue or pristine white accents. Like their predecessors, the highlight is the strap, which features rubber inlays from the tyres of race cars triumphant in actual races on the top side, and a faithful reproduction of the tread motifs of Pirelli intermediate tyre on the other side.
Bulgari x Supercar Owners Circle
There may be many fans of supercars but the real owners and collectors of such automobiles belong to an exclusive club. And if you are one of those hardcore owners in this elite group, chances are you belong to the Supercar Owners Circle (SOC) that has been described as the greatest gathering of supercars and classics, where drivers get to experience the vehicles the way they were intended.
Previews of new releases from top automakers such as McLaren, Porsche, Lamborghini and Daimler, access to information and services as well as invitations to exclusive events around the world are some of the privileges accorded to members.
Earlier this month, Bulgari officially announced a three-year partnership with SOC in Milan where a gala dinner preceded a parade of supercars in the city and a visit to one of the largest private collections of exceptional cars owned by an SOC member.
The occasion also saw the unveiling of the Octo Tourbillon Sapphire SOC. Its credentials as an exclusive timepiece for SOC members include a powerhouse movement in the form of the skeleton Calibre BVL 206 fitted with a flying tourbillon, as well an entirely new case construction for Bulgari - black DLC titanium with a sapphire case middle. These are complemented with yellow gold hour markers and a crown adorned with the SOC logo. A 64-hour power reserve indicator is visible on the sapphire caseback.
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