Unveiled this year at the Lamborghini Winter Accademia in Livigno, Italy, the Excalibur Spider Pirelli SOTTOZERO™ titanium watch by Roger Dubuis is an off-the-radar reinterpretation of Pirelli’s incomparable expertise in the world of high-end tyres for premium vehicles. Embedded in the very DNA of the Maison, the iconic and deliberately extravagant Excalibur epitomises the boldly adventurous nature of a Manufacture that has always been determined to stay several laps ahead of the pack.
Irresistible mutual attraction was the spark of the relationships Roger Dubuis – a brand with performance engraved in its very DNA – has ignited with Pirelli and Lamborghini Squadra Corse. All share common values encapsulating a radical R&D vision, the same flair for disruptive designs, superlative technical engineering, an attitude in sync with some of the most demanding clients the world has to offer, and extreme aesthetics.
Aside from the iconic Roger Dubuis skeleton double flying tourbillon, the unequivocal focus of the 47 mm Excalibur Spider Pirelli SOTTOZERO™ comes down to the latter. It is inspired by Pirelli’s legendary SOTTOZERO™ winter tyres, which were the protagonists of the Lamborghini Winter Accademia. The guests of the driving school organised by the carmaker from Sant’Agata Bolognese were in fact able to try a particular version of the Pirelli Sottozero 3, specially studded for the occasion. Together with a Pirelli expert, the guests participated in a truly educational course on tyres, above all enabling them to learn about the importance of winter ones in extreme conditions. Performance and precision are the chief characteristics shared by Pirelli’s winter tyres and the new Roger Dubuis creation.
A white ceramic bezel with blue markings offsets the titanium and sapphire crystal case proffering an incredible view of the new RD105SQ hand-wound calibre, signature blue Astral Skeleton and multi-coloured 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.
The distinctive strap of the watch features rubber inlays from certified Pirelli tyres and an interior reproducing the profile of a Pirelli CINTURATO™ intermediate tyre. It is also adorned on top with legendary tread motifs reproducing the profile of the best in class Pirelli SOTTOZERO™ tyre. Characterised 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.