Ladies are becoming more and more interested in high end mechanical pieces, but yet, as they say in the song, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. This dichotomy is not lost on the haute horlogerie manufactures. Many are beginning to cater to the sophisticated tastes of ladies who demand both. Today, we feature a Ladies Special: the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Broceliande replica watch.
First, Broceliande is the name of a legendary forest in France that first appears in literature in 1160, in the Roman de Rou, a verse chronicle written by Wace. It is a notable place of legend because of its uncertain location, unusual weather, and its ties with Arthurian Romance, most notably a magical fountain and the tomb of the legendary figure Merlin. This hint of magic in its name is the inspiration for the Roger Dubuis replica watch.
The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Broceliande replica watch is perhaps a part of the series which Roger Dubuis started in 2013, where the theme for their SIHH booth was centered around King Arthur and showcased the Excalibur line.
The Roger Dubuis booth in SIHH 2013, where the Excalibur series was introduced. The theme of the booth was an enchanted forest, like the Broceliande replica watch, with a giant eagle and wizards wandering around.
We rekon this is Roger Dubuis’ feminine take on the Excalibur Tourbillon replica watch, which is a very strong, technical piece. We review the rather more masculine Excalibur Tourbillon here in 2014, and at another bejeweled interpretation of the more complicated Excalibur Double Tourbillon at Watches & Wonders 2015 here. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Broceliande replica watch had its share of diamonds, but it was perhaps decidedly masculine, and the Broceliande seen here perhaps more feminine.
Movement finishing of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Broceliande replica watch is de rigeur, well done, but not too heavily embelished. All the traditional finnisage points are addressed, but the movement finish lack the heavy decorative finishes found in some other Roger Dubuis replica watches.
But for us, the beauty of Roger Dubuis Excalibur Broceliande replica watch is in on the dial side. The 18k pink gold case has a bezel set with a double rank of brilliant cut diamonds, and a rose cut diamond is set on the crown. Total weight of diamonds is 3.44 carats. The intertwined skeletonized bridges, the foliage in semi-precious gems in autumn colors and the interplay with diamonds on gold strings are magnificent.
We think Roger Dubuis Excalibur Broceliande replica watch is a truly beautiful ladies replica watch which combines the technical virtuosity of a skeletonized flying tourbillon movement with a delicate, gemset dial which radiates.