UK sales of luxury Swiss watches are hitting record highs, helped in part by the Brexit vote and the weak pound. Roger Dubuis’s decision to open its first UK outlet at Harrods on March 3 is therefore as perfectly timed as its watches, and the Geneva-based house will mark the occasion by offering two new and exclusive pieces.
Located in the Fine Watch Room, the new boutique is decorated with braided leather, wood and bronze accents, playing to the masculine touch points synonymous with this young, high-horology house, known for its complex, star-patterned skeleton movements.
The first of the exclusive timepieces is a special version of the brand’s flamboyant King Arthur-inspired watch, the Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II (price on request). With 12 sculpted bronze knights as hour markers, the 45mm white-gold piece features an engraved black jade “table” embellished with cobblestone etchings and a satin-finished white-gold rim. The 172-component watch is also water-resistant to 50m and comes with a 48-hour power reserve.
Also produced for the new store is the Excalibur Spider pocket watch (price on request). Crafted in titanium and suspended on a titanium chain, the 590-component piece is an exercise in monochrome design, with its eye-catching contrast of charcoal and silver flanges, black minute circle and white-gold skeleton hands. Five differentials, four balance wheels and a 40-hour power reserve indicator at six o’clock highlight the house’s technical credentials. The Excalibur Spider is water-resistant to 30m.
Other new watches will also feature at the boutique, including the high-octane red-and-black Spider Carbon (£184,000), its case, skeletonised bridge and tourbillon upper cage all made from a new-age carbon material. The women’s offering includes a super-chic white version of the Excalibur 36 Automatic (£16,100), studded with 48 diamonds and set on a stylish white alligator strap.
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