Until relatively recently, if you wanted one of Roger Dubuis’ cool skeletonized Excalibur replica watches, you were going to spend over a $100,000 – easily. Then, last year in 2015, Roger Dubuis men’s replica released the brand-new Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Automatic Skeleton replica watch collection that removed the tourbillon and added a micro-rotor based automatic movement. I wouldn’t go so far as to suggest that these skeletonized Roger Dubuis Excalibur replica watches are now “affordable,” but the core experience in a very wearable and attractive package is now available at a price that is a lot easier to stomach.
For review, I have this black DLC-coated version of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Automatic Skeleton Replica which is the reference RDDBEX0473. In addition to value for the money, my question was really whether or not this collection of timepieces made for a comfortable and potentially daily wear.
The luxury replica watch industry is not by default concerned with making timepieces that you actually want to wear. Of course, there are dozen and dozens of beautiful and extremely comfortable timepieces out there, but you should not assume that a replica watch has necessarily been designed with ergonomics and comfort in mind. Recall that replica watch brands are selling luxury objects, first and foremost, and often times consider things like legibility, wearability, and overall comfort almost as an afterthought (and it can sometimes very much feel that way). I don’t say this to suggest that Roger Dubuis is a frequent culprit of these practices, but rather that avant-garde and showy replica watches like the Excalibur collection can often fit into these “nice to look at, but ultimately not wearable” categories.
At 42mm wide, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Skeleton Automatic already feels much more comfortable than many of the collection’s larger members that come in 45mm-wide cases. That size is, for example, what you’d find on your wrist if you bought an Excalibur with a double tourbillon. Even those aren’t unwearable, but at 42mm wide, the Excalibur doesn’t actually wear small, but rather has a very “grand appearance” on the wrist.
In black-coated titanium, I also got the impression that this is a very stylistically diverse “showy” replica watch. The monochromatic color palette lends itself well to a variety outfits, and for the most part, this Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Automatic Skeleton is probably the most versatile replica watch of its type that Roger Dubuis has produced. That is even in comparison to the carbon or gold versions of the same replica watch.