Roger Dubuis announced two big motorsports partnerships in 2017, both with iconic Italian brands: one with Pirelli the other with racing team Lamborghini Squadra Corse. Ahead of this January’s SIHH watch salon, the Geneva-based brand has revealed the latest new timepieces springing from these automotive alliances: the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton and Excalibur Aventador S.
The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton eschews the hallmark Pirelli colours in favour of a stark, black-and-white look. It is designed to evoke the look of racetrack tarmac with its black DLC titanium case and white highlights, including the numerals on the bezel and the contrast stitching on the strap. The 48-mm case features the fluted bezel emblematic of the Excalibur collection and the overmolded black DLC crown with white rubber coating, along with the triple openworked lugs that anchor the watch to its bi-material strap boasting an exterior surface constructed of rubber from actual Pirelli tire rubber over an interior layer made of a softer rubber enhanced with a Pirelli tire tread pattern. The model is equipped with the Roger Dubuis Caliber RD820SQ powered by a micro-rotor visible from the front and back of the movement.
Named after Lamborghini’s flagship high-performance roadster, the Excalibur Aventador S is now offered in a new case measuring 45 mm in diameter and combining a multilayer carbon and titanium middle and back with a notched Excalibur bezel made of rose gold. Like its predecessors in the brand’s recently launched Lamborghini series, it is outfitted with a highly skeletonized movement that takes design cues from an Aventador S engine. Rose gold is also used for the hour indices, while the hands are made of black-coated gold with luminous SLN-filled tips. The rose-gold crown is overmolded in black rubber.