Watchmaking and the automobile regularly take the same road. And when the iconic legend of car tyres Pirelli meets Roger Dubuis, the result is a sensation.

What makes this new timepiece, baptised the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton, so outstanding is that the elements composing it come from the internationally famous Italian brand, Pirelli. The legend of car tyres has supplied Roger Dubuis with pieces of tyre from race-winning cars from the past. So, the watch is equipped with a rubber strap made from these flamboyant entrails, and with the inner side decorated with tread reproducing the profile of a tyre.

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To be unveiled at the next SIHH show in January 2018, the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton borrows the aesthetic codes of the previous versions of the Excalibur, but hoists the colours of the chequered flag: black DLC titanium and immaculate white touches provide this timepiece with its distinguished and masculine look. Equipped with a 45mm-wide skeleton case, this watchmaking gem is crowned with a fluted skeleton bezel, also made of black DLC titanium, and completed by a crown covered with a white rubber moulding, a small echo of the strap stitching. On the skeleton dial, the chapter ring comes in black and white colours, with rhodium-plated, Super-LumiNova® indices, and all accompanied by gold hands with black PVD coating. Roger Dubuis has had fun giving this timepiece an exclusive and atypical character, seamlessly blending the two worlds of watchmaking and the automobile.

This special edition houses the automatic calibre RD820SQ with a mini rotor, driving the hour and minute functions. Running at a frequency of 28,800 vph, it provides the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton with a power reserve of 60 hours. Certified with the Geneva Seal, this timepiece by Roger Dubuis should be in top gear for 2018!

Price: 69,500 CHF

By Isabelle Guignet


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