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Hajime Sorayama ✕ “Roger Dubuis” Releases “Metallic Eroticism” Watches – WWD JAPAN

Hajime Sorayama holding the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monobalancier Sorayama

An epoch-making art piece has been announced from the world of watches. “Excalibur Monovalancier Sorayama” released in 28 pieces in Japan only by ROGER DUBUIS, a luxury watch brand in Geneva under the umbrella of the Richemont Group, which advocates “no rules, no compromise, bold watchmaking”.

A skeletonized mechanical movement with a bold star signature, and a pink gold and tungsten micro-rotor set at 10 o’clock creates a dynamic and dramatic moire pattern every time it rotates, captivating the viewer. . It is a watch that can be called kinetic art (moving sculpture work).

“Excalibur Monobalancier Sorayama”
Micro rotor automatic winding. Case diameter 42mm. Mirror-polished titanium case and bracelet. Equipped with a completely improved “Mono Balancier (single balance)” movement. 8,030,000 yen (tax included). Limited to 28 pieces in Japan.Sale

The partner of the collaboration is Hajime Sorayama, who became a world-famous artist with the “Sexy Robot” series (1978-), which incorporates the beauty of the female body into robot illustrations. The hyper-realistic, metallic, and sexy illustrations, which are drawn using the world’s most skillful airbrush technique for freehand drawings, have an unforgettable impact once you see them, and empathize with the hidden poison and humor. There are many passionate fans around the world who love and respect. In addition, Mr. Sorayama has created legendary products not only in illustration, but also in the world of product design. Of particular note is the design of the first model of the dog-shaped entertainment robot “AIBO” released by Sony in 1999. Mr. Sorayama drew only one design sketch, but it is too famous that that one sketch changed everything.

Roger Dubuis, on the other hand, is the most extravagant and bold watch brand in the world of modern luxury watches. CEO Nicola Andreatta declared, “We only make transcendental things. That’s why we don’t deal with ordinary people.” Stay.

“Moire, which is impossible in 2D,
I wanted to realize this with a three-dimensional clock.” Talk show held in Omotesando, Tokyo

On July 29, a talk show commemorating the release was held in Omotesando, Tokyo, and Mr. Sorayama took the stage. In front of the gathered media, he talked about the concept of the work and his thoughts as a creator.

Mr. Sorayama said, “What I wanted to achieve was to incorporate a dynamic expression called ‘moire.’ After sending this idea, I didn’t hear anything from ‘Roger Dubuis’ for a few months, so I thought it was rejected (laughs).”

But Roger Dubuis’ headquarters factory in Pla-les-Ouates, Geneva, is seriously considering the feasibility of this bold idea. Over a year’s work, the pyramid-shaped guilloché parts set in the micro-rotor that rotates on the dial and the black lines engraved on the sapphire crystal set above them are optical interference. Mr. Sorayama’s idea was realized by developing the first mechanism in the history of watch design that creates dynamic moire.

On the other hand, as a tribute to Roger Dubuis, Mr. Sorayama has adopted lightweight titanium for the movement, case, and bracelet with an “astral skeleton” design that expresses the star motif with a boldly hollowed out base plate. However, contrary to the Maison’s traditional grammar of “emphasizing the edge”, the star-signature movement baseplate, case, bezel, crown and bracelet are all finished like the legendary “sexy robot” illustration. In addition, it is unified with a smooth mirror-polished finish based on a three-dimensional curved surface. In addition to the moire effect of the self-winding rotor, it is the first time in the history of watches to have a “metallic eroticism”.

Limited to Japan, only 28 pieces will be produced. This limited edition of 28 pieces embodies the Maison’s policy of “dare to be rare”. However, it is a new work that is attracting attention from all over the world, including Switzerland, Europe, and China. If you are a fan of Hajime Sorayama, or a fan of modern art, I would definitely recommend you to take a look.

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