Roger Dubuis has introduced some stunning world premieres and also announced its brand-new alliance with Pirelli, the sole supplier of premium tyres to the world’s flagship motorsports competitions. During SIHH 2017, the luxury watch brand unveiled two ground-breaking Excalibur models developed in collaboration with Pirelli.
Excalibur, the iconic and deliberately extravagant Roger Dubuis collection, is embedded in the DNA of the Maison. It epitomises the boldly adventurous nature of a Manufacture that has always been determined to stay several laps ahead of the pack. It also provides the perfect showcase for the Astral Skeleton principle of star-patterned skeleton movements, now frequently paired with the signature Spider concept that extends open working beyond the calibre to encompass key external watch elements.
|Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Double Flying Tourbillon|
The Excalibur Spider concept, which extends the unique Roger Dubuis skeleton principle beyond the movement to encompass external elements such as the bezel and flange, provides the ideal showcase for this significant colour coding scheme – even extending to the outer rims framing the luminescent tips of the open-worked hands.
Epitomising the perfect combo of ruggedness and reliability, this is a model clearly built for life in the fast lane. Its sturdy 47mmdiameter black DLC titanium skeleton case aunts vulcanised blue rubber accents highlighting its titanium crown and ‘container’. Fans of fine mechanics can enjoy an incredible transparent view of the new RD105SQ hand-wound calibre with its signature blue Astral Skeleton – matching the unique abovementioned ‘Pirelli’ design features. The flying tourbillons at 5 and 7 o’clock are rimmed by speedometer-like seconds counters complete with automobile-inspired pointers, while the multi-coloured power-reserve indicator represents a cool nod to racing-car cockpit fuel gauges.
Available exclusively from Roger Dubuis boutiques, the eight pieces in this limited edition come with a two-day VIP program organised by Pirelli at motorsport event.
Model: Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Double Flying Tourbillon
Skeleton case, Ø47 mm, black DLC titanium case, bezel and case back, titanium DLC crown cover vulcanized with blue rubber, titanium container vulcanized with blue rubber
Thickness: 14.95 mm
Water Resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)
Skeleton upper flange in black PVD brass, white minute-circle and Roger Dubuis transfers, rhodium plated screws with SLN, skeleton hands in black PVD coated gold with blue tips filled with SLN
Calibre: Hand-wound calibre, RD105SQ
Certification: Poinçon de Genève
Double Flying Tourbillon at 5 and 7 o’clock (one rotation per minute)
Hand-wound mechanical calibre, finely adjusted in six positions
Decorations: Skeleton movement, rhodium plated inner-Astral décor, Plate and bridges NAC plated, circular-grained plate, Tourbillon carriages in the shape of a Celtic cross
Number of parts: 365 components
Diameter: 16 ¾’’’
Thickness: 7.67 mm
Frequency: 3Hz (21,600 vph)
Power-reserve: 50 hours
Hours and minutes, power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
Black rubber strap with, on top, an inlay combining Rubber Tech material, mixed with rubber from a set of the highest performing Pirelli tyres. The latter rubber used comes from a set of tyres which claimed victory at a mythical motorsport event in 2016. The inside of the rubber strap reproduces the mythical pattern of a Pirelli Intermediate tyre famous for its efficiency during races on humid or wet tracks
Clasp: Titanium grade 5 adjustable double folding clasp
8 pieces – Boutique exclusive