Watchmakers buddying up with supercar makers isn’t a groundbreaking idea but the results can vary from having too tenuous a link between the two, to having one brand overpower the other. But when Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini join forces, the result is a perfect pas de deux.
It helps that Lamborghini’s flashy aesthetics go well with Roger Dubuis’ equally brawny Excalibur case, as evidenced once again in the new Excalibur Huracan. Within its 45mm titanium case you’ll find a honeycomb structure on the mainplate that mimics supercar grilles, a movement bridge modelled after the strut bar of the Lamborghini Huracan’s V10 engine, speedometer-style numerals, a crown that looks like a wheel nut, and an oscillating weight inspired by the Huracan’s wheel rim. Lamborghini didn’t need to put its name on the watch; its DNA is everywhere.
On the horological end Roger Dubuis brings to the table a brand new movement: the Calibre RD630. Skeletonised and self-winding, it features a balance wheel tilted at a 12 degree angle — now a signature of watches made in collaboration with Lamborghini Squadra Corse — and a date window at 6 ‘o clock. Double barrels provide it with 60 hours of autonomy.
The 88-piece limited edition Excalibur Huracan Performante adds yellow accents to the case, hands and dial, and comes with a grey alcantara strap with a rubber inlay featuring the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyre tread pattern. Straps for both references are secured by adjustable folding buckles and can be easily changed thanks to a quick release system.