Watches Wednesday: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Gully Monotourbillon
22 December 2021

Watches Wednesday: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Gully Monotourbillon

Roger Dubuis has partnered with Gully, a French graffiti-turned-studio artist for the second of its Urban Art Tribe timepieces. Gully, a renowned artist often incorporates elements of Surrealism, Cubism, Hyperrealism, and Pop Art, to his works. In short, his oeuvre is one that is an experimentation of all these Art movements, giving us his interpretation of art history all at once.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Gully Monotourbillon Limited Edition Skeleton Watch

Bringing different worlds together is my trademark. This project has that ethos at its core, margin it an obvious collaboration for us both. […] To collaborate with expert craftsmen in industries that I am unfamiliar with helps me grow in my understanding of the world — and of art itself. Together we have created something singular, entirely new, and inimitable.  ~ Gully ~

Gully was given the Excalibur Monotourbillon, with its clean-cut lines on both the case and movement as well as the utilisation of modern and technical materials as his canvas, to play with – and that’s precisely what the artist did. The Maison’s iconic astral star was given the graffiti treatment, as a tribute to his very first street works., using the famous single-line technique. Look closer and you’d notice it actually spells out his name!  Beginning from the centre of the timepiece, his hand moves straight towards 11 o’clock, drawing the preliminary draft of a “G” in red. The line then heads towards 3 o’clock, but changes direction halfway to partially design a “Y”  (part-orange, part-yellow). The line then reaches 9, then 12, 6, and 3, before it moves to the centre of the Tourbillon and across to 4 o’clock. Returning the line to the centre, there are two Ls (in fuchsia and green), and then finishes the run by drawing a blue U partially around the Tourbillon.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Gully Monotourbillon Under UV Light

Oh, and if you were wondering how the colours were achieved, the Maison’s artisans filled the letters with luminescent coloured lacquer for that spray-painted graffiti effect, and adds the Super-Luminova ™ to the hour markers and hands. Place the watch under UV light, and watch it glow (see above pic). Fitted with the in-house RD512SQ calibre and the reduction of the Tourbillon’s weight, the power reserve stands at 72 hours, making this the epitome of Hyper Horology.

Limited to just 42 pieces globally, this 42mm Excalibur Gully Monotourbillon is housed in a Dark Grey DLC Titanium case, on a black calf leather strap, with a Quick Release System so you can easily switch out your straps.


Images courtesy of Roger Dubuis