The Imaginarium of Dr. Woo: Roger Dubuis x Dr. Woo Excalibur MonotourbillonBy Michael Weare
Who is Dr. Woo?
So, you want a tattoo from Dr. Woo? You are going to have to wait in line. A long line.
Dr. Woo has a two year waiting list for the privilege of his ultra-steady hand realising your wildest graphic visions upon your unblemished flesh. His tattoos are so realistic, intense and captivating they become living works of art. What Banksy does to an unsuspecting wall, Dr. Woo does to your hand, your arm, your neck, your navel, which ever part of the body where you wish to make your statement. Fortunately so far there have been no known instances of people trying to steal Dr. Woo tattoos like they have frequently attempted to purloin Banksy’s.
Tattoo artist to many of the world’s leading celebrities and followed by millions, 40 year old Dr. Woo, (he’s not a real doctor and his real name is Brian), has inked a name for himself in the tattoo industry with his signature style; minimalist, monochrome and with a single needle.
But what, you ask, has a Haute Horologerie brand such as Swiss watch maestros Roger Dubuis got to do with a celebrity Los Angeles tattoo artist?
Plenty as it turns out.
Impertinent, excessive and slightly mad, this is Roger Dubuis, the troublemaker of Haute Horologerie. It is this attitude that has seen the Maison constantly seek inspiration in the most unexpected places. On this note, the Maison often tends to turn to the world of the URBAN ART TRIBE, world-famous urban culture artists, who are known for their love of breaking the rules, who are known to showcase radical expertise and obsess daily over the design of the future.
With all of this considered, Dr. Woo is one of three highly individual artists who has been invited to interpret the astral signature of Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur Monotourbillon.
With an open brief, he has interpreted the Excalibur Monotourbillon in his own unique signature style, such that the timepiece is as much a work of his own as it is a Roger Dubuis.
The Excalibur Dr. Woo Monotourbillon
Roger Dubuis describes the collaboration thus:
After months of a nourishing collaboration filled with awe and challenges, worlds and horizons have merged to give birth to an inspired timepiece. No compromise was made, and no creative wish ever left behind.
That’s wonderful, but let’s put it a little more prosaically. We are used to celebrity collaborations between brands and celebrities across many different categories. In this instance the product is a watch, a very expensive watch with a single tourbillon placed between the hours of 7 and 8 o’ clock. Collaborating from their respective workshops, Dr. Woo and Roger Dubuis discovered that the star was a symbol of equal importance to each other, and this became the guiding force throughout the collaboration.
A Journey Across the Stars
The Excalibur Dr. Woo Monotourbillon therefore features a new star on its sapphire crystal dial, tracing the journey of a rocket ship across the cosmos. On the baseplate and caseback of this 42mm EON GOLDTM watch Dr. Woo’s beautifully rendered astral graphics represent geometric codes and planets liberally peppered across the dial like a cosmic map. EON GOLDTM is a patented pink gold alloy which is said to tarnish less.
There are other minimalist graphic symbols too: the moon as an energy source, triangles that bounce forth from the ground and full circles to represent the infinite connections that bind us all. There’s plenty to explore and delight the eye.
For example Dr. Woo has placed his signature spider graphic in different positions for each of the eight pieces, which effectively makes all eight timepieces pièces uniques. The caseback, also, contains a cosmic map that only space travellers could understand.
Dr. Woo’s creative additions aside, the timepiece of course is a creation of Roger Dubuis’, through and through. With certification from the Poinçon de Genève, the Excalibur Monotourbillon houses a calibre with improved performances and increased power reserve up to 72 hours. This is thanks to the tourbillon lower carriage being made in lightweight titanium while the upper tourbillon carriage is in cobalt chrome. Both metals are anti magnetic.
Despite the hype and the unusual pairing, the partnership has worked surprisingly well and it has to be said the watch is a gleaming beauty to behold.
But regardless of whether you can afford the $158,000 price tag, you’ll have about as much chance of getting your hands on an Excalibur Dr. Woo Monotourbillon as you will with Elon Musk inviting you on an all-expenses paid journey to the stars. This is a boutique exclusive release of just 8 pieces.
Sorry, but if you like Dr. Woo’s handiwork, and there is undoubtedly much to admire, you’ll just have to wait in line like everyone else.
More details: rogerdubuis.com