This month brings the latest innovative timepiece by Geneva-based Roger Dubuis, born from its partnership with Italian tyre maker Pirelli. The new Excalibur Spider Pirelli, which the brand describes as a “fully versatile Hyper Horology timepiece,” is notable for its interchangeability, in the tradition of the tyres and other parts that Pirelli supplies for motorsports participants.
The strap, bezel, and crown of this “adrenaline-charged” timepiece can all be changed from the standard black colorway to an additional red, blue, or white option, all drawn from Pirelli’s color codes. Each of the interchangeable pieces features Pirelli rubber accents, further connecting Roger Dubuis’ creation to its partner.
The watch itself has a 45-mm case, made of black DLC titanium and sporting the triple skeletonized lugs emblematic of the Excalibur collection, along with a prominent 3 o’clock crown flanked by stylized guards, and a deeply toothed, rotating 60-minute bezel. It’s a bold-looking timepiece that appeals to a select clientele — in this case, most likely, motorsport enthusiasts looking for just the right timepiece to match their cars.
The dial of the Excalibur Spider Pirelli is executed in a skeletonized style that echoes the overall openworked design of the case, with an outer curved minute ring, highlighted at each hour by a luminous dot, outlining the complex-looking yet time-only configuration. Exposed on the dial side as well as behind the sapphire caseback is the movement, Roger Dubuis Caliber RD820SQ, its skeletonized architecture known for its signature star shaped bridge. The micro-rotor-powered automatic movement stores a 60-hour power reserve and features rhodium plated components, circular grained plates, and “Poinçon de Genève” (Hallmark of Geneva)-quality finishing and certification.
The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli will be limited to just 88 kits per colorway, each priced at $78,000.