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HIGH-POWER

Glacial surroundings, the muted sound of snow, spine-chilling thrills and a pale arctic sun…watch aficionados and fans of peak performance in extreme conditions saw more than a frosty reception as Roger Dubuis and tyre specialist partner Pirelli set their sights on snow-bound Sweden for a test-drive event with a numbing difference.

Pushing all existing technical and aesthetic boundaries as far as they will go, Excalibur is Roger Dubuis’ favorite platform of expression. Against this background, and articulating its ‘disruptive materials and progressive complications’, of recent years, serial innovator Roger Dubuis has drawn inspiration from other industries to defy existing watchmaking codes at every level.

3One such example of these exclusive alliances is the now two-year-old and much acclaimed “Perfect Fit” partnership between tyre expert Pirelli and Roger Dubuis, characterized by privileged exclusivity and a common focus on aesthetics in the respective R&D driven approaches of each, along with superlative technical engineering and high-tech materials.

In February the brand saw the pure adrenalin rush of a chance to test these brand-new high-power tyres at the Pirelli proving ground in Flurheden (Sweden), complete with a sneak preview of the latest Roger Dubuis interpretation of cutting-edge tyre technology. In the latest graphic demonstration of these distinguishing features, Pirelli geared up for the spine-chilling launch of a new patented studded tyre developed for high performance on ice in the most winter conditions.

With optimized and patented stud distribution and a tread design developed to achieve continuous grip and high driving comfort, the Pirelli Ice Zero™ is the ultimate demonstration of Pirelli’s incomparable expertise in the world of high-end tyres for premium vehicles – this time on snow and ice.

In hot pursuit of the leader of the tyre pack, Roger Dubuis is thus once again leveraging its serial innovator attitude with the launch of the Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2 timepiece. Part of Roger Dubuis’ iconic collection with its stated sport aesthetic and famous skeleton signature, and complete with double flying tourbillon, one of the world’s highest complications in the realm of Haute Horlogerie, the timepiece is powered by this Poinçon de Genève certified Caliber RD105SQ. The eight-piece limited edition Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2 timepiece gets off to a sizzling start with a strap complete with the same state-of-the-art steel nail studded pattern.

Consistently going the extra mile, Roger Dubuis takes this superb piece of watchmaking interpretation to the next level by removing the DLC treatment on the titanium super sports car style edges of this distinctive timepiece, highlighting the Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2 timepiece’s own iconic contours in a stylish nod to its motorsports alter ego.

The invigorating promises of a winter outing for well-wrapped up watch aficionados and fans of peak performance in extreme conditions… Yet another vivid demonstration of what happens when visionary engineers meet with incredible watchmakers ready to hot up the pace in sub-zero temperatures.