Headline / July 2019

Full Throttle

In a meeting of the minds between insightful engineers and visionary watchmakers, amazing things can happen. Such is the case with the potent partnership between Roger Dubuis and legendary car designer and manufacturer, Lamborghini Squadra Corse, and tyre king Pirelli that has equipped every Lamborghini produced and currently realizes bespoke tyres designed for the best performance, handling and safety of specific car models. Between the three engineering marvels, they share the same inevitable drive for the imaginative, but on the one hand, one is more familiar with the adrenaline-fueled, performance focused world of car making, and on the other, a collaboration with Pirelli driven by the same fascination with materials technology and such an obsession with innovation that it has been dubbed “the Perfect Fit”. Disruptive Hyper Horolo Two years into the meeting of theses powerhouses, the line between engineering and watchmaking fades in the distance, as the two rev their machines into the next phase. On March 7th to 17th, Roger Dubuis fired up its cylinders along with prestigious automobiles at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. An event notably featuring the presentation of three turbo-charged new additions to its highly sought-after supercar-inspired Excalibur line-up. These include two iterations of its much-vaunted Excalibur Huracán, one in blue and the other in pink gold and titanium; as well as an exclusive 88-piece limited edition Excalibur Huracán Performante timepiece. The latter features a standout honeycomb motif as well as strap bearing the Performante Pirelli P Zero™ Trofeo™ R tyre-pattern design on the inside. A bold master sleight of high tech and avantgarde design inspired by the automotive world, the 45-mm diameter Excalibur Huracán timepiece offers the same blend of performance, lightness, and security as its namesake supercar. The skeleton automatic RD630 calibre features a 12° angled balance wheel representing the movement signature associated with Lamborghini Squadra Corse, while the 360° oscillating weight inspired by the rim of the Huracán supercar reproducing the same kind of speed effect as a supercar wheel; and the upper calibre features a strut-bar design bridge reminiscent of those found on the V10 engine of the Lamborghini Huracán supercar itself. Oozing stylish muscle, the use of this avantgarde carbon, renowned for its resistance (safety) and lightness (performance) properties, reflects the spectacular skill of both Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Squadra Corse in adapting unconventional materials for their own, highly individual purposes.