WOTY 2014: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Titanium

Highly Commended. Mechanical Watches of the Year 2014.

The Excalibur Quatuor was a truly astonishing release, with a case made entirely from silicon to produce a watch case four times lighter than the steel equivalent, yet four times stronger.

However the price tag of the limited edition piece was also astonishing, seven figures in Euros and US dollars. This year’s 48mm limited edition (188 pieces) sees the 590-component timepiece replicated in DLC-treated titanium, which may double the weight but also quarters the price.

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At the heart of the Quatuor concept is four sprung balances, operating in pairs with five differentials and generating a frequency of 16hz. Roger Dubuis claims this counteracts the effects of gravity far faster than a tourbillon.

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