It’s Throwback Thursday over on Instagram, and we thought we’d take the celebrations online this week by checking in with a Roger Dubuis model spotted during this year’s SIHH. Introduced in 2013, the Excalibur Quatuor 16Hz made a surprise reappearance in January, alongside two novelties in the Excalibur collection: the new Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon and the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon.
But rather than show its age, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor 16Hz could easily have been mistaken for a new watch, a testament to one of the most innovative watch brands of the 21st century. On the surface, it bears all of the pillars on which Roger Dubuis has built the Excalibur collection: a fluted bezel, a highly skeletal dial, the Geneva Seal (indicated in French as Poinçoin de Genève) and a triple-horn strap attachment.
Presented in pink gold, this 48mm watch incorporates four sprung balances, found in each corner of the watch and mounted at 45 degrees to reduce the effect of gravity whatever the position of the wrist. This technical feat, highly representative of the brand’s modernist tendencies, is in contrast with the dramatically theatrical Roman numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock.
At its core, the Excalibur Quatuor 16Hz features hours and minutes next to a completely original dual power-reserve indicator. One of only few totally integrated manufactures, Roger Dubuis has built and decorated all the 590 components of the in-house calibre RD101 by hand. The hand-wound movement provides the watch with 40 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
The Excalibur Quatuor is produced in a limited series of 88 pieces in pink gold. It is also available in Silicon, and at the time, was the fist high-end timepiece made in that material. Two years have passed, yet the Excalibur Quatuor 16Hz does not have any wrinkles to show for it. Roger Dubuis’ Quatuor looks just as new as the brand’s latest generation of Excalibur watches.