Starting this upcoming Monday, January 16th, and running through Friday, January 20th, is the always anticipated, annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. The exhibition will feature displays from some of the largest watch brands as well as a stable of independent brands who are newly invited for 2017. This year also features a first for SIHH – a day open to the public on the final day, January 20th. The aBlogtoWatch team will be ready and present with the most comprehensive reporting of the event, and we will be bringing you our hands-on coverage of the latest novelties to debut at SIHH 2017. And if that didn’t already excite you, get ready to take an even closer behind the scenes look when we host our own aBlogtoWatch day on Thursday, January 19th at the show.
Seventeen exhibitors can be seen: A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Parmigiani, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, and Van Cleef & Arpels. This year marks the second of the Carré des Horlogers, now grown to thirteen independent brands: Christophe Claret, Grönefeld, H. Moser & Cie., Hautlence, HYT, Laurent Ferrier, MB&F, Manufacture Contemporaine Du Temps, Ressence, Romain Jerome, Speake-Marin, Urwerk, and Voutilainen.
For some reason they’re both called precisely the same — Excalibur Aventador S — even though differences in their use of materials for both the instance and movement mean they are not two colour variations of the same thing.The movement structure is the frequent theme between both Excalibur Aventador S watches: called the Duotor, avid enthusiasts of Roger Dubuis or ultra high-end watchmaking will soon realize both by the pictures and the name how this is a spin on the totally insane and equally famous quadruple-balance wheel Quatuor (hands-on here). The Roger Dubuis Duotor movement is a nerd-fest designed to match the awe-inspiring complexity of a Lamborghini engine, no less. Two equilibrium wheels have been set up at a 90° angle — mimicking the V-layout of the cylinders in a car engine. The balance wheels are independently tuned so one runs faster and another slower than a perfect 0 seconds daily rate and are connected using a differential (like the back wheels of a car) in order that their rates are averaged out.ance wheels.The nerd-fest is far from over: the differential is accompanied by a remontoir d’egalité, which can be a first for Roger Dubuis and is responsible for creating the jumping advancement of their central seconds hand. I have had the chance to once again catch up with Gregory Bruttin, product strategy manager and, more importantly from our perspective, the main engineer behind Roger Dubuis’ most unusual creations — including the Quatuor, of course.
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