Go on a high-octane exploit with the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero

Ride or die

Text: Angelyn Kwek

It’s all about the thrill of the chase with Roger Dubuis’ latest Excalibur creation

Action-packed doesn't even begin to describe the latest stunt Roger Dubuis has pulled off, following all the high-speed hijinks they debuted at SIHH 2018. Going off grid in the latest edition of the Excalibur Spider Pirelli, the maison takes its "visionary engineers meet incredible watchmakers" ethos up a whole new level that saw two extremes meeting head on, with rubber burning on icy hard-packed snow in the Lamborghini Winter Accademia in Livigno, Italy.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero

A continuity of the partnership with Pirelli tyres and Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the launch of the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero had motoring enthusiasts taking the wheel behind a 700 horsepower ride alongside professional Lamborghini instructors, roaring across snow-capped peaks to test their hand at drifting and night-driving — a uniquely unconventional experience accompanied by said watch on their wrist, of course. Fitted with Pirelli Sottozero tyres meant for low-grip road situations, the same material enhances the Excalibur in the form of distinctive straps that reproduce the tread motif in an asymmetric design, set with dozens of titanium studs to mimic the nails embedded in the tyre, which provides the grip in icy conditions.

Big on the small details, the white 47mm-sized ceramic bezel is decorated with blue markings to offset the titanium and sapphire crystal case, within which the new RD105SQ hand-wound calibre can be seen powering the iconic Roger Dubuis double skeleton flying tourbillon at 5 and 7 o'clock. Other avant-garde mechanics include the multi-coloured power reserve indicator that resembles the fuel gauge of a racing car, and the speedometer-like seconds counters denoted by automobile-inspired pointers. Limited to just eight pieces intended for the ultimate haute horlogerie connoisseurs, this is exclusivity on an adrenaline rush so sick, only the daredevils are worthy.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero