Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Roger Dubuis‘ new partnership with the Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli finds expression in the limited-edition Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton watch which comes in three sporty colourings to match new Pirelli Color Edition tires. While less obvious than a automobile maker or racing squad, the Pirelli collaboration is effective for the ultra luxury athletic watch maker by suggesting the high-tech, machismo-driven world of motor racing. But, if that is too subtle for you, the straps are also made with the rubber of tires that were actually used to win F1 races.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On All images by David Bredan

Don’t get me wrong, this new Roger Dubuis-Pirelli collab won’t make anyone who isn’t already a petrolhead suddenly long for the smell of burned Pirellis. Rather, like any decidedly niche product, it was set up for a specific target audience, the one that frequents race tracks more than it does fashion weeks or art auctions. Still, even if you like autoes very much, you do have to attend( or, better still, participate in) race events and Cars& Coffee gatherings often to imagine how the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton fits into that world.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Near racing cars, where everything is high-tech, mechanical , noisy and colorful is where you’ll consider one of the biggest concentrations in “loud, ” high-tech and, yes, often very expensive watches. Produced in simply 88 pieces in each of the three colorways( yellow, red, and blue) that Pirelli uses on its Formula-1 tires, there will only be a very limited number of these pieces made and I can still appreciate how far Roger Dubuis has gone to alter the overall lookings and finer details of the Excaliber Spider to match this high octane lifestyle.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Just look at the Pirelli rubber-inlaid strap: it definitely is a strong challenger for the title of( by traditional criteria at least) ugliest watch strap in watch strap history. Propose a watch purist the idea of putting a semi-melted-looking, random structured rubber strap on their beloved, nurtured, maybe gold and also quite petite timepiece, and they’ll freak out.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

And yet, it’s a perfect match for those 200 -odd people who this watch is very much for: those who love the lookings and smell of near-melted Pirelli slicks on race cars parked right after some hot laps, and who often insure( or own) stupid-expensive, mega rare race cars all beaten up by rubber debris and dirt after a race.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Speaking about the strap: the lower portion that touches the skin is crafted from the sort of comfortable, durable and anti-allergenic rubber that is used on most high-end watch straps, plus it is adorned by a pattern taken from the intermediate version of Pirelli’s F1 tires. By contrast, the upper inlay features rubber that is taken straight from Pirelli tires taken off of Formula-1 Grand Prix winning cars: this is a different take on the “DNA” approach, where a fancy or( for some at least) interesting material is melted into the suit or some other part of the watch.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Here, the namesake part of the watch is right on display and tactile to help you tell about it by pointing right at it when passing through a busy pit lane, where everyone knows everyone … and where, as I said above, most all the drivers, engineers, and team owners love and wear some sort of a rare, high-tech watch. I can’t speak for Roger Dubuis here, but I strongly believe this is the crowd they are( or at least should be) after with the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Many Roger Dubuis watches in the brash, sporty style of the skeletonized Excalibur Spider incorporate a tourbillon or two and run well into six figures. With the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Automatic Skeleton introduced we assure a version meant to offer the core experience and style that Roger Dubuis has constructed their signature, but without a tourbillon and its associated, hefty cost premium. Of course, we are still talking high-five figures, instead of six- but it’s still a big difference. It doesn’t expense as much as a race car’s chassis, just as much as a weekend of testing with the team.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Typically big and bold, the black DLC-coated titanium cases are 45 mm-wide and 14 mm-thick and are water resistant to 50 m. Roger Dubuis is all about offering ‘look-at-me’ wrist presence through design as well as size, but for wrists that can accommodate the large lawsuit, titanium helps build the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton sunlight and comfy. There are 42 mm Excalibur Spider watches available in various materials and iterations, but not for the Pirelli editions.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Roger Dubuis RD820SQ caliber is just as bonkers here as it is in other Excalibur pieces. It really is a basic three-hand caliber re-imagined- I don’t think I could ever get bored of the massive star bridge that secures most of the going develop and the accelerator wheels that connect the micro-rotor with the mainspring. Like all watches from the brand, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton also boasts the Geneva Seal, so you get the hand-applied perlage, anglage and … prestige.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On The Roger Dubuis RD820SQ caliber, source: Roger Dubuis

Roger Dubuis say the RD820SQ takes 530 hours to make with some 170 hours dedicated to the Geneva Seal( that’s a full week with every hour spent on meeting those requirements ). With the updated criteria for the Seal, since 2013, water resistance, power reserve, and accuracy are tested as well, which has been long overdue.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The movement is made to be viewed, and virtually all 167 portions comprising it can be seen from both the front and back as it ticks along at 4Hz, with the single barrel visible at the center of the star-shaped bridges, offering a power reserve of 60 hours. This base caliber( by Roger Dubuis criteria) remains a strong one for the brand, as it proves its versatile looks from medieval themed watches to ones linked to motor sports- not many movements that put so much on display can do that.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

On the wrist, the lightweight titanium suit, the airy movement and the supple rubber strap build the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton wear very comfortably, right out of the box. Legibility could be better, as the domed crystal frequently presents a blue-ish hue at some or all of its surface. Painting the hands in their entire lengths to the vibrant colour of the watch would also make the hands stand out a bit more- when the countdown to the race is about to end, you’d better be able to tell quickly and accurately what the minute hand shows.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

In summary, Roger Dubuis made a bold move by going for this niche that had been very clearly unused by luxury watch brands and teamed up with a renowned tire manufacturer- we need not tell them that it is not a glamorous association, they sure knew that when shaking hands over it … But then again, who ever said everything has to be restrained and discreet and so desperately “luxury” in the world of watches? Being into cars and racing like I am, and having had a whiff of that noisy atmosphere too, I can totally see this watch working brilliantly in that environment and for that audience. For having the understanding of their scalability and flexible design language, and using all that to go after a crowd with such a purpose-designed piece, they deserve some kudos.

The question is, does doing so make one bit of( negative) difference for Roger Dubuis? I mean, they put twelve knights and four balance wheels on the dials of their watches, so they can do whatever they want.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton watches are limited to 88 pieces in each coloring for a price of $66,500. rogerdubuis.com