The performance of the Lamborghini Countach put it well into supercar territory but it was its extra-terrestrial design – extreme angular athleticism even as car design passed from organic to boxy in the decades it was in production, from 1974 to 1990 — that qualified it as a pin-up car of an era, a picture of raging machine beauty that decorated the walls of growing boys right beside posters of Samantha Fox. Thirty years after the last Countach left its factory, Lamborghini announced a 21-century environment-conscious remake in August this year: the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 hybrid mates a ‘traditional’ 6.5L V12 combustion engine pushing out 770hp, with an electric motor pushing out 34hp (about as much as a Fiat Panda from the 1980s), with 112 units planned for production.
A perfect complement to this insane piece of engineering and design is the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X, the latest creation from the manufacture’s partnership with Squadra Corse, Lamborghini’s motorsport department that churns out extreme Lamborghini variants for the most prestigious GT championships all over the world.
Parallels between watch and supercar abound as Roger Dubius has characteristically spared no effort in making its Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X the technical and aesthetic equal of the LPI 800-4. It’s dubbed the RD112 to mirror the planned production volume of the LPI 800-4; it’s been built from scratch just as GT competition cars are designed and produced in-house by Squadra Corse; and every component is hand-finished by master craftsmen in Geneva to be awarded a Poinçon de Genève.
The eye is instantly drawn to the twin tourbillons dominating the watch face, tilted at 90 degrees to each other in a “V” configuration like twin banks of cylinders in the Countach; dividing the tourbillons is the slatted dial feature that points to the sloping rear of the Countach leading to its ‘Perisscopio’ roof. The tourbillons feature ultra-light titanium cages to achieve its 72-hour power reserve, while the rear light clusters of the Countach find expression in the pair of triple hexagons framing the tourbillons.
The strap is layered rubber with fabric mesh inserts, titanium clasp and quick-release. Roger Dubuis went all out on the case: using its exclusive high-technology Mineral Composite Fibre (MCF), Roger Dubuis was able to replicate the exact shade of the new Countach for the case and calibre décor of the watch — a pearlescent Bianco Siderale white, the colour that Ferruccio Lamborghini specified for his own Countach in 1980. Fabricated from 99.95% silica and made via a Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) process, the MCF material is 2.5 times lighter than ceramic and 13 per cent lighter than SMC carbon.
There are easier ways to pin that connection between motoring and horology. And there have been truly commendable results from rather less ambitious undertakings. But if one were to go all the way and push things to the hilt, or pedal to the metal, then Roger Dubius’ brand of “hyper watchmaking” has very few peers on the field. Going to extreme is what makes Lamborghini what it is, and this is the very guiding principle behind Roger Dubuis that validates its relationship with Squadra Corse and makes its watches special.
Movement: Double tourbillons arrayed at 90 degrees, 72 hours power
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case: 47mm, Mineral Composite Fiber (MCF) case and bezel, titanium crown with lacquer ring, water resistant to 5 BAR (50m)
Strap: Rubber strap with fabric mesh inserted between the rubber layers, interchangeable with Quick Release System