They are unfortunately still the exception on the rule; ladies watches that feature highly complex movements that are created especially for these watches. With the Excalibur Shooting Star, Roger Dubuis is one of the few that takes this approach and present a watch that impresses both in technical execution as well as feminine design.
With a diameter of 36mm is the Excalibur Shooting Star rather modest in size. This adds to its wearing comfort but doesn’t take away from its wrist presence, as the designers of Roger Dubuis carefully sculpted this creation. It has all the hallmarks of an Excalibur, from the hallmark bezel design to the three lugs that hold the strap. It has a certain heft to it, in part also due to the gold case, yet without it becoming chunky. There is also not an angle at which it is not pleasing the eye.
In many of Roger Dubuis models is the center stage reserved for the movement and with the Excalibur Shooting Star is this no different. Here the skeletonized, star-shaped bridge design is flanked by other, enamel, stars placed at multiple levels. This gives the watch a very three-dimensional appearance. They worked with a lot of different finishes and materials to further enhance this effect. As a result, you visually get pulled into the movement. This is quite exceptional because it makes this ladies watch very technical, yet without compromising any of its feminine appeal.
Another aspect of the Excalibur Shooting Star that plays an important role in this is the flying tourbillon. Roger Dubuis is one of the experts in the world of Haute Horlogerie when it comes to crafting flying tourbillons, and that shows. The watch is also awarded the Geneva Seal, which means that its finish is second to none. The movement is manual wind and offers a power reserve of 60-hours. While it is not equipped with a power reserve indicator, Roger Dubuis kept the mainspring barrel open. This allows you to see how far the spring is wound, and with some practice, you can fairly accurately determine how long it can still run.
All combined is the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Shooting Star a very precious creation. Not only because of the materials used, or the complexity of its movement, but more so of how it is all brought together; as a feminine creation that has no equal.