Roger Dubuis is a brand that describes itself as a serial innovator—so when one of its partners debuts something new, it is a call for another collaboration. This time, the inspiration comes from Pirelli, a name indelibly associated with premium motorsports tyres. Pirelli is debuting a new patented studded tyre specially designed for high performance in ice and snow, which is receiving a timekeeping counterpart in the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2 (RM1,264,000, limited to 8 pieces).
In typical Excalibur fashion, the watch is an unashamed take on bold, sporty design complete with a skeletonised dial that showcases the double flying tourbillon. The cool, wintry look is accomplished through the selective omission of black PVD coating on the 47mm titanium case, showing off the polished edges. The homage is completed with the strap, which is set with steel nails arranged in the same pattern as the studs of the tyre that inspired this timepiece.