SOTTOZERO™, the Italian word for below zero is a fitting name for this icy cool timepiece from Roger Dubuis’ flagship Excalibur collection.
Flashback to the treacherous cliffs of Livigno in the Italian Alps, the site of the famous Lamborghini Winter Academia in February and an elite group of daredevil automobile aficionados learning how to handle high-octane supercars in deadly conditions.
Enter the Pirelli SOTTOZERO™, winter tyres from the high-performance brand, specially designed for low-grip conditions. At the Winter Academia, Lamborghini instructors demonstrate how to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush, allowing those lucky (or crazy!) enough the chance to test out Lamborghini cars fitted with the SOTTOZERO™ tyres.
It is hardly surprising then, that Roger Dubuis’ latest offering in its partnership with Pirelli tyres and Lamborghini Squadra Corse is inspired by the SOTTOZERO™. As a brand known for its extremes and excesses, both in terms of creativity and design, Roger Dubuis more than earns its reputation with the Excalibur Pirelli SOTTOZERO™, launched at the Winter Academia 2018.
The ‘below zero’ icy aesthetic of the SOTTOZERO™ tyres is prominent in the design of the Excalibur Pirelli SOTTOZERO™ watch. The 47mm lightweight titanium case is encircled by a white ceramic bezel highlighted with blue accents and the completely skeletonized in-house manual RD105SQ movement is beautifully displayed. Roger Dubuis’ signature blue Astral Skeleton also appears, complemented by a multi-coloured power-reserve indicator which is reminiscent of the fuel gauges found in racing cars like the ones at the Winter Academia.
In a further nod to the over 700 horse-power cars fitted with the SOTTOZERO™ tyres, the double flying tourbillons at 5 and 7 o’clock on the dial of the Excalibur Pirelli SOTTOZERO™ are ringed by seconds counters that look like speedometers, complete with automobile style pointers.
The piece de resistance of the Excalibur Pirelli SOTTOZERO™ however is the strap. Made from rubber sourced from certified Pirelli tyres, like the straps of all watches in the Roger Dubuis Pirelli line, this exquisite timepiece has an additional detail that makes it even more exclusive. The strap is set with individual titanium studs which represent the nails fitted into the actual SOTTOZERO™ tyres in order to enhance their grip in icy conditions. Roger Dubuis really has left no stone, or snowball, unturned with this extremely exclusive 8-piece limited edition Excalibur Pirelli SOTTOZERO™!
HOT Verdict: We would brave the icy conditions for a chance to get our hands on one of these ultra-cool pieces!