Introducing the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider 39mm Collection

Introducing the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider 39mm Collection

There’s a wildness to the watches of Roger Dubuis; an excessive opulence that is entirely on brand, given that the Geneva-based manufacture is all about expressing a world of adrenaline-fuelled Hyper Horology. At the heart of this aesthetic lie the twin icons of Roger Dubuis; skeletons and tourbillons.

For the first time, this vision has been realised in a smaller size of 39mm. This proves that excess does not equal excessive size; as the brand’s RD510SQ calibre, with a single flying tourbillon and the distinctive star-shaped bridge, all covered by the Poinçon de Genéve demonstrates. In fact, Roger Dubuis has unleashed three new models as part of their Pirelli partnership on the world, perfect for men or women looking to join the Roger Dubuis tribe.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli – RDDBEX0817

Roger Dubuis’ partnership with Pirelli roars to life in this aggressively sporty vision of high-end watchmaking. The 39mm titanium case is clad in black DLC and rubber inlays, with red rubber overmold on the bold winding crown. For all that it’s a little smaller at 39mm across and 13.3mm tall, the bold design of the case, with pronounced bezel notches and open lugs is undiminished. The skeleton dial stands out with its automotive-inspired honeycomb texture, red flange and other highlights. The Pirelli rubber meets the road on the strap which is inlaid with rubber from a winning tire and features the Pirelli Cinturato pattern on the inside. The strap is quickly interchangeable, which is a win. This edition is a boutique exclusive, limited to 28 pieces.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli - RDDBEX0817
The skeleton dial stands out with its automotive-inspired honeycomb texture, red flange
The skeleton dial stands out with its automotive-inspired honeycomb texture, red flange
The new Excalibur Spider Pirelli also offers a quick interchangeable strap feature
The new Excalibur Spider Pirelli also offers a quick interchangeable strap feature
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli - RDDBEX0817
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli - RDDBEX0817

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli – RDDBEX0815

Sharing the same codes as its red rubber twin, this Pirelli piece offers a stealthier take, swapping bold red and black for a more monochrome palette. The RD510SQ calibre is just as impressive though, with a circular-grained main plate with NAC coating, and hexagonal grill between the bridges and the main plate. The tourbillon beats at 3 Hz, and the calibre has a total of 179 components. The strap also has a more technical appearance, inlaid with Rubber Tech. This edition is limited to 88 pieces.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli - RDDBEX0815
The tourbillon in RD510SQ beats at 3 Hz, and the calibre has a total of 179 components.
The tourbillon in RD510SQ beats at 3 Hz, and the calibre has a total of 179 components.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli - RDDBEX0815
The watch features a circular-grained main plate and bridges with NAC coating. The grill décor with its hexagonal pattern between the main plate and the bridges accentuates the overall design of Calibre RD510SQ

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli – RDDBEX0816

The third execution of the Excalibur Spider Pirelli is the most explicitly feminine offering, though the 39mm case is a good fit for any wrist, to be honest. While the other versions have relied on the inherent drama in the designs to shine, this offering takes a more literal approach with its pink gold case. The precious metal is paired with white lacquer marking on the bezel, ceramic and diamonds on the inner flange and rubber and leather on the strap. It’s a powerful and elegant combination, limited to 88 pieces.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli - RDDBEX0816
The most explicitly feminine offering in the new Excalibur Spider Pirelli line is the RDDBEX0816. Limited to 88 pieces, the watch features a pink gold case with rubber inlays and pink gold bezel with white lacquer markings.
The most explicitly feminine offering in the new Excalibur Spider Pirelli line is the RDDBEX0816. Limited to 88 pieces, the watch features a pink gold case with rubber inlays and pink gold bezel with white lacquer markings.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli - RDDBEX0816
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli - RDDBEX0816

Technical Specifications

Calibre

RD510SQ Calibre, mechanical, manual winding with a single flying tourbillon at 7 o’clock. Beating at 3 Hz and with 60 hours of power reserve.

Case and dial

Skeletonised, 39mm by 13.3mm tall, various materials and finishes, water resistance to 50m. Open dial with various treatments depending on reference.

Strap

Rubber strap with various inlays depending on reference, triple folding clasp and interchangeable with Quick Release System and Pirelli Cintarato pattern on the inside

Price

DBEX0816: USD 182,500/CHF 183,000/SGD 265,000
DBEX0817 & DBEX0815: USD 159,00/CHF 159,000/SGD 235,000

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Felix Scholz

Felix Scholz has spent the last decade covering watches from his home in Australia. Given this, it's surprising that he still struggles with time zones. Over the years he's become a firm believer that less is more when it comes to watch design – except when a rainbow bezel is involved. He's written for numerous titles including Hodinkee, GQ, A Collected Man and more. These days he looks after the Australian edition of Revolution and takes a break from writing about watches to talk about them, as the co-host of OT: The Podcast.

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