A limited edition, available in three variations
So this is the perfect watch for Halloween, according to Roger Dubuis. First of all, the 42mm Excalibur Blacklight is a skeletonised timepiece, with the inner workings of its RD820SQ calibre fully on display. Then it lights up of its own accord like a spooky pumpkin – or rather when placed under a UV light (so perfect for clubbing also).
This light-up capability is due to a new technology, which Roger Dubuis describes as “used for the first time in the Haute Horlogerie industry.” Specially-produced crystals, reminiscent of tiny neon light tubes, have been placed above, below and inside the movement. Having these weave through the mechanics of the calibre is a feat in itself.
The crystals – which come in blue, pink or white, according to which edition you go for – do not emit light themselves, but react in the presence of UV light, almost as an alternative to Super-LumiNova, improving legibility after dark. Choose from a 28-piece pink gold limited edition; an 88-piece blue version with a white gold case; or a black alternative in DLC titanium, also limited to 88 pieces.
Each version has a power reserve of 60 hours. Prices start at around AED306,500 for the all-black Blacklight, rising to AED366,000 for the blue model and AED402,000 for the pink gold – something that may also scare a few people this Halloween.