Roger Dubuis and Pirelli fast-track a new lap side by side in their adrenaline-charged partnership, with a new iteration of the Excalibur Spider Pirelli.

In 2017, Roger Dubuis and car tyre legend Pirelli again demonstrated their “perfect ­fit” partnership by challenging all-comers to dare to be rare as they dare to race alongside the Run to Monaco on its journey.

Characterised by privileged exclusivity, rampant virility and shared commitment to providing authentic money-can’t-buy experiences, this great match between Roger Dubuis and Pirelli is rooted in the fact that exclusive service is a must for those who want to make a lasting imprint on scorching tarmac.

With its fantastic scenery, stunning performance, adrenaline-pumping excitement and total luxury from start to finish, the Run to Monaco undoubtedly quali­fies as one of life’s extraordinary experiences, culminating in one of the world’s most famous and lavish motorsports events in the iconic town by the same name.

When the engineers from two separate ­fields share their knowledge, comprehensive know-how, sophisticated research and innovative drive, the result is an exclusive series of the Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Automatic Skeleton.

In the latest and colourful new lap of this exclusive luxury alliance, the two Excalibur Spider Pirelli Yellow and Red feature the proud colours of the iconic tyre logo in a stunning complement to the proudly unmistakable features of the Excalibur line.

Entirely in chromatic tune with these bold new timepieces, the Pirelli Color Edition tyres made their debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. It is no coincidence that Pirelli, taking inspiration from its longstanding experience in racing competitions – where the colouring of the tyres identi­fies the different compounds – will soon be applying colour to certain road tyres so as to emphasise their uniqueness.

Distinguished by a black and blue, red or yellow skeletonised flange, the colour coding of these vibrant new Excalibur Spider Pirelli models is further accentuated by a titanium black DLC crown over-moulded with matching-colour stitching on the straps as appropriate.

And as an ultimate nod to the winning streak that is embedded in the DNA of these two exceptional brands, the straps of these ruggedly reliable timepieces are manufactured from winning Pirelli motorsport tyre rubber, and their interior features the distinctive tread pro­ le. Issued in an 88-piece limited edition, the robust 45 mm skeleton case of the Excalibur Spider Automatic Skeleton provides a perfect frame for the brand’s bestselling Calibre RD820SQ.

Are you ready to rumble?

Excalibur Spider Pirelli - Automatic Skeleton

Case: Skeletonised, Ø45 mm, titanium black DLC case, fluted titanium black DLC bezel with tone on tone markings, titanium black DLC crown overmolded with red rubber. Sapphire crystal with anti-re‑flective treatment glass. Titanium black DLC and sapphire crystal case back

Thickness: 14,02 mm

Dial: Black and red skeleton flange with rhodium plated indexes ­filled with white luminous SLN, 18K Gold black PVD hands with red transfer and white luminous SLN tips

Water resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)

Strap: Bi-material strap with black rubber base and Pirelli winning motorsport tyre rubber inlay, red stitching. Unique Pirelli tyre pro­file on the inside of the strap

Clasp: Black DLC Titanium cover on titanium adjustable folding clasp

Calibre: Automatic Skeleton with micro-rotor, RD820SQ

Production: 88 pieces

Certi­fication: Poinçon de Genève
Excalibur Spider Pirelli

RD820SQ Calibre: Automatic Skeleton with micro-rotor

Features: Self-winding mechanical caliber with skeleted micro-rotor, finely adjusted in six positions

Functions: Hours and minutes

Decorations: Skeleton calibre, NAC coated plate and bridges, circular-grained plate and bridges, “Poinçon de Genève” ­finishing.

White and red transfers on the micro-rotor bridge

Number of parts: 167 components

Jewels: 35

Diameter: 16’’’

Thickness: 6,38 mm

Frequency: 4Hz (28,800 vph)

Power-reserve: 60 hours

Excalibur Spider Pirelli - Automatic Skeleton

Case: Skeletonized, Ø45 mm, titanium black DLC case, fluted titanium black DLC bezel with tone on tone markings, titanium black DLC crown overmolded with yellow rubber. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment glass. Titanium black DLC and sapphire crystal case back

Thickness: 14,02 mm

Dial: Black and yellow skeleton flange with rhodium plated indexes filled with white luminous SLN, 18K Gold black PVD hands with yellow transfer and white luminous SLN tips

Water resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)

Strap: Bi-material strap with black rubber base and Pirelli winning motorsport tyre rubber inlay, yellow stitching. Unique Pirelli tyre pro­file on the inside of the strap

Clasp: Black DLC Titanium cover on titanium adjustable folding clasp

Calibre: Automatic Skeleton with micro-rotor, RD820SQ

Production: 88 pieces

Certi­fication: Poinçon de Genève
Excalibur Spider Pirelli

RD820SQ Calibre: Automatic Skeleton with micro-rotor

Features: Self-winding mechanical caliber with skeleted micro-rotor, finely adjusted in six positions

Functions: Hours and minutes

Decorations: Skeleton calibre, NAC coated plate and bridges, circular-grained plate and bridges, “Poinçon de Genève” ­finishing.

White and yellow transfers on the micro-rotor bridge

Number of parts: 167 components

Jewels: 35

Diameter: 16’’’

Thickness: 6,38 mm

Frequency: 4Hz (28,800 vph)

Power-reserve: 60 hours

About Roger Dubuis

Roger Dubuis has been at the forefront of contemporary Haute Horlogerie since 1995. Its audacious creations, fi­rmly anchored in the 21st century, embody substantial expertise expressed through the ­nest watchmaking mechanisms combined with powerful and daring designs. Boldness and extravagance are the brand’s signatures, and determination its driving force.

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur and Velvet collections are distributed worldwide through an exclusive sales network and boutiques. The quest for excellence, the long search for the right gesture, as well as the development of unique skills are all defi­ning characteristics of the Geneva-based Swiss Maison.

About Pirelli

Founded in 1872, Pirelli is one of the world’s major tyre operators in terms of sales. With a commercial presence in more than 160 countries, the Group has a production capacity distributed over 18 plants in 12 countries and employs about 30 000 people.

Pirelli is also a leader in the production of high and very high-end tyres, thanks to its commitment to Research & Development, an area in which it annually invests about 6% of Premium revenues, one of the highest levels in the tyre sector, with the goal of constant improvement of performance and safety and the containment of environmental impact.

Present in sporting competitions since 1907, Pirelli is the exclusive supplier for the World Superbike championship and many prestigious single marque championships, but above all of the Formula 1 champion-ship for which it has been the sole supplier since 2011.

The Pirelli Design project is an evolution of the Pirelli PZero project launched by the company in the early 2000s. The goal, in line with the focus of Pirelli on the Prestige and Premium car segments, is to increase the equity of the Pirelli brand by developing specifi­c design projects to offer unique, iconic and one-of-a-kind products that exploit Pirelli’s technological competencies in conjunction with selected partners who represent excellence in their respective sectors.

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