In May 2017, Roger Dubuis launched two new versions of its self-winding wristwatch homage to tyre manufacturer Pirelli. Referencing the collaboration the brand’s CEO, Jean-Marc Pontroue, says: “The Excalibur Spider Pirelli models embody our slogan ‘dare to be rare’ perfectly. Our partnership with Pirelli solidifies Roger Dubuis’ automobile-inspired spirit.”
Launched at this year’s SIHH, Roger Dubuis’ Pirelli collection initially comprised the manually-wound, 47mm Excalibur Spider Pirelli Double Flying Tourbillon and the 45mm, Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton with micro-rotor. While the Automatic Skeleton was produced in a limited edition of 88 pieces, only eight examples of the Double Tourbillon were made.
A common thread between the two timepieces is the striking blue accents throughout, a reference to the colour code used by Formula 1 and its tyre supplier Pirelli to indicate a racing tyre’s suitability for different weather and track conditions. The blue found on the watches introduced at SIHH represents “full wet” tyres. Intended for use in heavy rain, they are capable of “dispers[ing] up to 65 liters of water per second at full speed”.