If you have money to burn, a nice, classy watch isn’t a bad way to go. They can prove versatile for any gentleman wanting to make an impression — wear it out to work, dinner, while picking up the ladies (or other gentleman), your high school reunion to rub in that asshole Bradley Miller’s face (“Oh, that’s an awesome Casio. My Omega Speedmaster doesn’t have a calculator function, unfortunately.”).
So it is that we come to Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur Quatuor, which, while nice, isn’t exactly classy. And I’d say it’s probably most versatile for the dirty mugger who happens to snatch it off your wrist — with it, they could conceivably purchase lifetime supplies of crack or meth or weed or Lakers tickets. Why is that, you naturally ask.
Well, it’s because the watch sells for $1.1 million.
Imagine wearing one on each wrist. You’d basically be wearing $2.2 million, and you’d still have room in your fanny pack to stuff wads of cash in. Now that would be classy.
According to Business Insider, the insider source for luxury watches (?), the reason the limited edition Excalibur Quatuor is so expensive is because it’s made up of four sprung balances and requires 2,400 hours each to build. In total, the Excalibur Quatuor required five years of research to develop — because, you know, we needed a new, more accurate way of telling time than everything else that has a clock. The four sprungs in the watch are a huge innovation, because four is more than one … Unprecedent accuracy, folks!
So here’s what makes the watch special:
- Exclusivity. Only three Excalibur Quatuors exist in the world
- A total of four sprung balances set at exact 45 degree angles, allowing them to factor in gravity and wearer movements
- Balances that pulse four times a second, with none of them ever oscillating simultaneously, which results in a sound “more akin to the whirring of a machine”
- A watch case made entirely of silicon, rendering it four times stronger than steel, but lighter
- It’s made up of 590 individual parts
- Has a 40-hour power reserve function that is so special that the company has applied for a patent
- Bradley Miller can’t afford it. Ha!
The Geneva-based Roger Dubuis, founded in 1995, sells their watches for an average of approximately 50,000 euros (approximately $65,000). Reportedly, the watch company had profits of 60 million euros (approximately $77 million) in 2013.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Robert Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué (upturn your nose to say it the right way) stressed that limited numbers were key. “We will not produce in the next five years more than 6,000 timepieces [a year], even though we could, and we have the demand. We will not exceed this number.” As well, all that special stuff inside the watch takes a lot of resources, as Pontroué claims in the same interview, “We are investing significantly more in R&D, in terms of its share of our expenses, than any other brand in our industry. I would say it is about five times more.”
Check out the company’s exalting video of the watch below, then make sure to run out to your nearest Zale’s, or whatever, to pick one up.