Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Flyback Chronograph
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Living on a Prayer: The New Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Flyback Chronograph Verde Mantis

The brand’s futuristic chrono gets revved up in Lamborghini green.

By Rhonda Riche

Chronographs and cars both pose an interesting philosophical question about time and space.

In horology, the main function of the chronograph complication is to measure elapsed time, but that’s not all it can do. Chronographs can also compute speed based on travel time and measure distance based on speed.

In auto racing, it’s about keeping your eye on the road ahead while looking in the rear-view mirror to assess where the competition is at (we’re talking metaphorical mirrors, of course; it’s all cameras in modern racing).

Last year, Roger Dubuis introduced the Excalibur Spider Flyback Chronograph, which combined the cutting-edge technology of supercar engineering with an inventive flyback calibre. This timepiece seemed to encapsulate measuring time in the past and predicting what it might look like in the future.

But it turns out Dubuis wasn’t done with the subject yet.

A Bug’s Life

The Excalibur Spider Flyback Chronograph Verde Mantis is the third edition of the model, so is it really all that different? After all, how does a color change create such a dynamic difference in a watch?

The answer is that the pops of green on the hands, numbers, and textured rubber strap provide us with a new perspective to evaluate this innovative timepiece.

Did we lose you? Let’s go back to cars.

In racing, iconic team colors are an essential part of the fandom. The vibrant green of this Flyback Chronograph is a tip of the hat to Roger Dubuis’ long-standing partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse. This year, the team will be competing at the highest level as part of the Le Mans Daytona Hybrid series.

If that’s not enough to get your adrenaline flowing, you can’t ignore the current trend toward “dopamine dressing.” So, whether Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s team colors please you because you’re a huge fan or just because you seriously love that shade of almost neon green, the new Excalibur Spider Flyback Chronograph Verde Mantis can at least make you happy.

Fun Fact: “Dopamine dressing” is when you deliberately choose to wear certain items because the specific items or their color have a positive symbolic value for you. By doing this, the theory posits, you can trick your brain into releasing the neurotransmitter dopamine, which plays a role in feeling calm, focused, and motivated.

At the same time, the colorful details of the Verde Mantis highlight the unique construction of the Excalibur Spider Flyback Chronograph. First, the green balances out the lightweight, 45mm grey carbon case. Plus, it helps outline the sharp lines and notches of the bezel.

Lastly, the Lamborghini SC63 is distinctive for the “Y” shape of its headlights, and the dial of this watch features a similar shape, but instead of lights, the watch’s “Y” is filled with green Super-LumiNova.

The Long Road

Other details pledge to stay true over time, like the ceramic bezel, which is hyper-resistant to scratches and will not tarnish with age. Moreover, along with skeletonized pushers, this timepiece’s multidimensional architecture features a variety of surfaces arranged in dramatic angles, including a lower date display and a floating tachymeter scale.

The driving force behind the Excalibur Spider Flyback Chronograph is the RD780 movement. Embodying Roger Dubuis’ approach to fine watchmaking, this movement reinterprets tradition by offering many technical treats, including a flyback feature that enables the instantaneous restarting of the timer function while the chronograph is still running and two patent-pending innovations.

The Second Braking System (SBS), the first of the two patent-pending mechanisms, provides extra stability to the chronograph seconds hand. However, the SBS is not a standalone feature. It comes as a package deal with the accuracy-promoting vertical clutch, which, in the RD780, is shaped like the gear system of a supercar.

We won’t get into all of the RD780 specs (you can read about them here), but it should be mentioned that this new livery also serves to remind is that many of the RD780’s mechanical elements are also visual delights.

For instance, a visible column wheel at 6 o’clock is not only nice to look at, but it’s responsible for the start, stop, and return to 0 of the chronograph and makes the pushers easier to operate.

Meanwhile, at 3 o’clock, the 120° Rotating Minute Counter (RMC), is framed in a crazy isotoxal-shaped window and features eye-catching, oversized numbers.

A boutique exclusive, the Excalibur Spider Flyback Chronograph Verde Mantis is limited to 88 pieces only. To learn more, including pricing details, check out the Roger Dubuis website.

(Images © Roger Dubuis)

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