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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2: An unusual luxury watch inspired by winter driving

Roger Dubuis and Pirelli join forces once again for a tribute to spine-chilling thrills.

Thanks to high performance tyre maker Pirelli, fans of Roger Dubuis’ flashy Excalibur watches have enjoyed sportier and often more colourful editions since the two brands partnered up in 2017. New to the range is the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2, named after Pirelli’s latest innovation.

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The Pirelli Ice Zero 2 is a new patented studded tyre built to endure and overcome the challenging conditions of icy terrain. It made its debut in February at the Pirelli proving ground in Flurheden, Sweden, where Roger Dubuis also released its commemorative watch in tandem.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2

The timepiece may not have been built with the same environmental conditions in mind, but is nonetheless an impressive piece of horology with the refreshing looks to match. This icy Excalibur features a strap with a pattern modelled after its namesake Pirelli tyres, complete with steel studs that mimic the patented stud distribution on the tyres. Though the strap can be easily and quickly swapped out using the watch’s quick release system, it pairs beautifully with the notched case, which has been stripped of the collection’s usual black DLC treatment for a more wintry style.

The skeletonised Calibre RD105SQ is still a sight to behold, with its star-shaped architecture, twin one-minute flying tourbillons and Celtic cross-shaped cages. The power reserve, highlighted in green at nine o’clock, will keep track of the watch’s 52-hour power reserve. The 47mm titanium watch is limited to just eight pieces, and will wear just as well in our sultry weather.

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