Italdesign team up with Roger Dubuis
Geneva watchmaker Roger Dubuis launched its latest star-studded partnership with world-renowned Italian car designer, Italdesign at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show in March.
The announcement of the partnership 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.
Iconic and extravagant by nature, Excalibur is deeply embedded in the DNA of the Maison, epitomising the boldly adventurous nature of a manufacture that has always been determined to stay several laps ahead of the pack. The Excalibur Spider Italdesign Edition is no exception to this rule and forcefully expresses the brand’s unwavering focus on ‘disruptive materials and progressive complications’.
Further, the Excalibur Spider Italdesign Edition is produced as a boutique-exclusive, eight-piece limited edition. It 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 Excalibur Spider Italdesign Edition is bold, sporty and clearly recognizable. It picks up 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, including the circular grained plate of a hand-wound Calibre RD505SQ. The concept extends the unique Roger Dubuis skeleton principle beyond the movement to encompass external elements such as 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.
This design element is further used to full advantage with the proud featuring of the green, white and red of the Italian flag on the dial and green, white and red stitching on the black rubber strap.
This stunning high-octane model bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève, the ultimate guarantee of adherence to the watch industry’s strictest criteria of quality and craftsmanship.
The partnership was boosted as the timing of the launch coincides with that of Italdesign’s Hypercar. The vehicle’s design is inspired from motorsports and keeps the notion of ‘lightweight’ firmly in mind. What’s more, the stunning new model is a unique study in technical aerodynamics. The Italdesign Hypercar, named Zerouno, is exquisitely crafted from carbon fibre body and aluminium and carbon fibre chassis. Its exclusive is maintained with only five models to be produced by the end of the year. Owners of the vehicle will have the freedom of extremely high level of customization, making each of the car stand apart from the other.
This latest alliance follows hot on the heels of another spectacular luxury match made in heaven between Roger Dubuis and iconic Italian tyre manufacturer, Pirelli, launched at the SIHH 2017.