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Roger Dubuis - A world of extremes
The bite of icy air, the crunch of tires on hard-packed snow and the thrill of truly money can’t buy experiences was the exhilarating setting for the adrenalin-packed February launch of the titanium-studded Excalibur Spider Pirelli SOTTOZERO™ at the Lamborghini Winter Accademia in Livigno, Italy.
Taking exciting high-octane exploits to unprecedented new levels and inspired by the avant-garde designs and technical mastery of both its partners – tire legend Pirelli on the one hand, and Lamborghini Squadra Corse on the other – Roger Dubuis races off the grid in 2018 by offering red-hot performance in super-cold conditions.
The latest examples of what happens when visionary engineers meet incredible watchmakers started the year in heart-pounding style with the February launch of the Excalibur Spider Pirelli SOTTOZERO™: an off-the-radar reinterpretation of Pirelli’s incomparable expertise in the world of high-end tires for premium vehicles. Embedded in the very DNA of the Maison, the iconic and deliberately extravagant Excalibur epitomizes the boldly adventurous nature of a Manufacture that has always been determined to stay several laps ahead of the pack.
A creative hail of blue, black and white.
A white ceramic bezel with blue markings offsets the titanium and sapphire crystal case proffering an incredible view of the new RD105SQ hand-wound caliber, signature blue Astral Skeleton and multi-colored power reserve indicator representing a cool nod to racing-car cockpit fuel gauges. Speedometer-like seconds’ counters enhanced with automobile-inspired pointers rim the emblematic flying tourbillons at 5 and 7 o’clock respectively.
Studded for success
Forcefully expressing the ‘disruptive materials and progressive complications’ mantra of the brand that dares to be different, the real surprise in the Excalibur Spider Pirelli SOTTOZERO™ lies in the… strap. A classic case of details that are no minor detail. Like its predecessors, this distinctive strap features rubber inlays from certified Pirelli tires and an interior reproducing the profile of a Pirelli CINTURATO™ intermediate tire; but this time it is also adorned on top with legendary tread motifs reproducing the profile of the best in class Pirelli SOTTOZERO™ tire. Characterized by this elegant tread pattern with an asymmetric design, it is set with dozens of titanium studs emulating the nails in its namesake designed for better grip under icy conditions.
A bold and thoroughly exclusive statement of uncompromising quality, design and innovation, the Excalibur Spider Pirelli SOTTOZERO™ is limited to just eight pieces intended for the ultimate watchmaking connoisseurs. Such are the owners of Roger Dubuis’ timepieces – individuals who dare to be rare and dare to wear world-first watches with just a hint of craziness.
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