Visionary engineers meet incredible Watchmakers in a powerful partnership between Roger Dubuis and Italdesign. HOT explores the first watch born out of this unique partnership.
Geneva watchmaker Roger Dubuis and world-renowned Italian designer Italdesign announced a partnership at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show in March.
This will be marked by the launch of a magnificent eight-piece limited edition of the brand’s cutting-edge Excalibur line, the Excalibur Spider Single Tourbillon, in a stunning combination of carbon and ceramic sporting the Italian national colours.
This latest alliance comes soon after another spectacular one- between Roger Dubuis and iconic Italian tyre manufacturer, Pirelli.
Both the brands share common core values and that is what really gets them together. Both propel the notion of tailor-made and handmade to the ultimate extreme, powered by the combination of vast knowledge, comprehensive expertise, sophisticated research and innovative drive.
Excalibur Spider Italdesign Edition
It is iconic and it is extravagant. It is several laps ahead of the pack. Produced as a boutique-exclusive, eight-piece limited edition, the Excalibur Spider Italdesign Edition is a perfect blend of the Roger Dubuis ‘Dare to be Rare’ challenge, in complete symbiosis with the sleek, futuristic styling characteristic of Italdesign and its ‘Designing New Ambition’ DNA.
The timepiece carries the signature features of Roger Dubuis skeleton timepieces with their star shaped design, tourbillon carriage in the shape of a Celtic cross and high-end finishing. It also includes the circular-grained plate of a hand-wound Calibre RD505SQ.
The Excalibur Spider concept extends the unique Roger Dubuis skeleton principle beyond the movement to encompass the bezel and flange, providing an ideal showcase for specific colour coding – in this case with red-tipped skeleton hands and red rubber vulcanised titanium crown. The green, white and red of the Italian flag on the dial and green, white and red stitching on the black rubber strap also add a unique touch to the watch.
Launch with the Italdesign Hypercar
This launch of this stunning model coincides with that of the Italdesign Hypercar. With its motorsports-inspired design and the notion of “lightweight” as its own guiding star, this stunning new model is a unique study in technical aerodynamics. Complete with carbon fibre body and aluminium and carbon fibre chassis, the Italdesign Hypercar will be produced in an exclusive five-piece edition, for which the lucky owners will enjoy an unprecedented level of customisation, enabling them to personalize both the exterior and interior of their one-off ‘ride’ with its sculptural Italian design.
Roger Dubuis and Italdesign have taken a bold approach to design and a determination to take the road less travelled!