The Excalibur Spider Carbon Skeleton Flying Tourbillon

Excalibur Spider Carbon Skeleton
RDDBEX0572 with Red Bracelet from Rubber B

The Excalibur Spider Carbon Skeleton RDDBEX0572 History

The Excalibur Spider Carbon Skeleton Reference RDDBEX0572 is a revolutionary timepiece. It uses the light carbon titanium throughout the timepiece. The 45 mm case feels light despite its large size.

Part of the “Dare to Race” collection, the RDDBEX0572 is stylish. Race-car red appears on the bezel, the winding crown and even in the dial itself. The hour and minute hands have luminescent tips surrounded by the same red on the tips. This provides a stunning contrast to the black mesh background. The hour markers are lume-filled dots. Only the 12 o’clock and 7 o’clock hour markers are missing. The edge of the bezel has notations from 10 to 60, in 10 minute/second intervals.

Skeleton Flying Tourbillon

The Excalibur Spider Carbon Skeleton Reference RDDBEX0572 comes with a uniquely designed calibre RD509SQ. This is a light design. Only the essential elements are preserved. Don’t let this fool you though. There is a huge amount of technology built into the Excalibur.

The Reference RDDBEX0572 has an amazing 90 hour power reserve. Owners must hand-wind the timepiece. It comes with 179 parts and 19 jewels. The heart of the timepiece beats at a frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vph). It supports a water resistance of 50 meters.

Exclusive Features of the Excalibur Spider Carbon Skeleton

Roger Dubuis follows the highest standards of watchmaking. The of Poinçon de Genève certification guarantees hand crafted excellence. This is the highest standard in Geneva horology. It guarantees the exclusive performance and durability that outmatch most other brands in existence. Adding to this, Roger Dubuis released only 88 units of the RDDBEX0572. In-house masters craft each timepiece with extreme care. The beauty of the workmanship shines through both the front and back. The perfection appears in the carbon honeycomb décor and finishings

Excalibur Spider Carbon Skeleton

Designer Bracelets

Rubber B built an exclusive partnership with Roger Dubuis.  Rubber B built this Rubber strap for the RDDBEX0572 45mm case. All Rubber B products are Swiss made. Each band uses natural rubber. Rubber B uses no coatings or blends.

The blocked integration creates a movement-free mount.  The strap integrates perfectly with the original Roger Dubuis buckle.  There are several coloring options for Roger Dubuis watches. We see above the red rubber and red stitching. However, there are many other color optionss that look great with this stunning timepiece.

For more information, visit our page here.

The Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero by Roger Dubuis

Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero
Excalibur Spider with Blue Rubber B band.

The Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero RDDBEX0643

The Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero is an exclusive timepiece. It is designed with Pirelli tire company. Roger Dubuis is the only watchmaker with the exclusive partnership with the innovative Pirelli. Pirelli is sole supplier of premium tyres to the racing world. Roger Dubuis incorporated the color codes from Pirelli. It adopts the rubber inlays and tread motifs. The straps feature the Pirelli Cinturato™ intermediate tyre on the bottom. The Pirelli Sottozero appears on the top.

The Roger Dubuis RDDBEX0643 is an exclusive timepiece featuring a blue Astral Skeleton. This is a limited edition. Only 8 pieces are made. Owners are invited to exclusive Pirelli events.

Double Flying Tourbillon

The Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero by Roger Dubuis gets its power from the exquisite RD105SQ. The hand-wound caliber RD105SQ has a double flying tourbillon with differential. It has a 52 hour power reserve. It features hours, minutes and a power reserve indicator.

The RD105SQ has 366 hand-finished parts. It uses circular grained plates and Poinçon de Genève finishings.  Roger Dubuis treated the plates with Anthracite grey NAC coloring. It utilizes 50 jewels. The timepiece beats at a frequency of 2 x 3 Hz (21,600 Alt/h). It supports a water resistance of 50 meters.

The transparent back side view of the RDDBEX0643

Exclusive Features of the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero RDDBEX0643

The 47mm case has a light feel to it. Yet, it is significant in size. The dial has white and blue elements within the skeleton dial. The hour markers have rhodium plating with blue luminous SLN inside. The hands of the timepiece are 18k white gold with luminous tips.

The straps come with a black rubber base. It has a Pirelli snow nails tyre rubber inlay with blue stitching. The quick release system mimic the speed that race pit teams enjoy when changing tires. This allows owners to swap bands with speed and precision.

Designer Bracelets

Rubber B worked together with Roger Dubuis for the RDDBEX0643.  They built this Rubber strap specifically for the 47mm case. It also supports the clasp with the quick-release system.  All Rubber B products are Swiss made. Each band uses natural rubber. No coatings or blends are used.

The blocked integration creates a rotation-free mount.  The strap integrates perfectly with the original Roger Dubuis buckle.  There are several coloring options for Roger Dubuis timepieces. We see above the blue rubber and blue stitching. However, one might so choose one with black rubber and black stitching. Or black rubber with blue stitching.

The blue bands match the blue throughout the timepiece.  For more information, visit our page here.

Best Watchbands for the Rolex GMT Master II

Rolex GMT Master II
This GMT Master II has the “Coke” Red and Black bezel and Red Band from Rubber B

Rolex GMT Master II

The Rolex GMT Master II is one of the top Rolex timepieces made today. The most popular GMT is the Red and Blue bezel model. Collectors nicknamed this model the “Pepsi” because of the matching Red and Blue used on Pepsi cans. Above, we see the Black and Red version of the GMT. Similarly, it is nicknamed the “Coke” since it matches the colors of a Coke can.

There are three other coloring options. An all black bezel. A Blue and Black “Batman” bezel. And a Brown and Black “Root beer” bezel. Today the black bezel and “Coke” models are discontinued.

Rolex calls the GMT the Cosmopolitan Watch, particularly because travelers can easily track 2 time zones. Rolex launched the GMT in 1955. They developed it for world travelers. Rolex unveiled the GMT Master II in 1982. The popularity of this model has continued to soar ever since.

The two-color bezel distinguishes between night and daytime hours. The GMT has a rotating bezel with 24 hour increments. This allows travelers to quickly rotate the bezel to the current time zone. Or, perhaps, travelers will want to keep their originating timezone on the bezel. In this case, they would instead, adjust the hour hand on the timepiece.

GMT Master with Black Rubber B band with Red stripe.

GMT Master Features

First, the GMT-Master II uses 904L Oystersteel. Therefore, it resists corrosion and offers an exceptional finish. Second, it provides a black dial for extreme legibility day or night. Third, the new GMT features a Jubilee Bracelet. This supple bracelet links 5 curved metal plates for a comfortable and eye catching design.

Next, the 3285 movement displays Rolex’s 10 patent applications. Similarly, the 3285 features a Chronergy escapement and a 70 hour power reserve. This caliber successfully passes the rigorous Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute tests. The 3285 sports a new Parachrom hairspring which offers greater resistance to shocks and temperature variations.

Exquisite Watchbands for the GMT-Master II by Rubber B

Rubber B offers 7 uniquely sumptuous designer bands for the GMT-Master II. These straps feature Rubber B’s “blocked engineering” and motionless mount to the GMT case. This flawless, flush mount is surprising since it gives the impression that it is an extension of the watch itself.

All Rubber B bands hail from Switzerland and are part of the Swiss horological tradition. Each band is born of vulcanized rubber and features a tang buckle for easy adjustment. For more information, go to our GMT-Master II page here.

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick
Rolex Sky-Dweller with Black and Red Rubber B Band.

The Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick

In order to look at the possible Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick, it is important to understand the unique Rolex History as the original aviator’s timepiece maker. First, when we think of Rolex, we immediately think of the Rolex Daytona – the iconic racecar driver’s timepiece. Then, we may consider the Submariner – the leading diving timepiece. And then, some people might even think about the Yachtmaster – Regatta Sailor’s timepiece. Or the Explorer – the timepiece for climbers. However, pilot’s timepieces, are an after-thought for Rolex aficionados.

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick
Rolex Air King with Orange Rubber B band

Three and a Half Rolex Pilot Watches

One of the biggest reasons, Rolex may not be as well known for its pilot watches is the fact that there are 3 distinct watches that fit the billing. Rolex designated the Sky-Dweller as its pilot’s timepiece. Rolex aptly assigned the “Dweller” title to the name. However, the GMT-Master II could easily be considered a pilot’s watch. Then, there is the Air-King.

However, if you go back to 1953, you might even loop in the original Rolex Turn-O-Graph Thunderbird as the first official Rolex aviator’s timepiece. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Demonstration Squadron made this their official timepiece. Rolex discontinued the Thunderbird in 2011.

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick
Rolex Pepsi Rolex GMT Master II with Black Rubber B band.

Which Rolex is Maverick’s Top Gun?

Almost 30 years ago Top Gun made Tom Cruse a household name. Everyone learned the names of Goose, Iceman, and Maverick. The plot follows a hotshot pilot Maverick and his good-natured navigator Goose into Top Gun training school. The film is set in warm southern California. Fueled by sun, sand and the on-set chemistry of Maverick and Charlie played by Kelly McGillis, Top Gun quickly soared to the top.

Similarly, the new Top Gun Maverick, set to come out in Summer 2020, follows Tom Cruise’s character and his new on-screen romance with Jennifer Connelly.

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick

Maverick is older. He could be a 2 star general by now. Instead, he is still a captain. He is still a great pilot and he feels most comfortable in the air. He is is the only pilot that has shot down 3 enemies. We know there will be a new conflict? Russia? China? Or something new? While, we know there must be a wrinkle. Perhaps Goose’s son comes to Top Gun. Perhaps Iceman challenges Maverick again?

Most noteworthy, we see Connelly on the back of Maverick’s motorcycle. Therefore, we know there will be a love interest for Maverick. She is a single mother and owner of the local bar. However, it seems like the ghosts of Goose and Maverick’s father may still be with him. Certainly their memories will prevent him from being truly committed to anything but his aircraft. The rush of speed quiets the memories of the past.

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick
Rolex GMT-Master I with Black Rubber B band

This is Maverick’s Time

The word maverick refers to something that blazes new trails. They are the first to achieve. In this vein, we feel that Maverick might be most likely to wear a vintage Rolex GMT-Master I. Perhaps he would remember that his dad – a successful pilot. Perhaps it is a gift from Viper – a friend of his dad’s and mentor to Maverick.

First, I think that the above GMT Master is less flashy than the standard Pepsi dial GMT. The black band from Rubber B would compliment the black dial and bezel while providing comfort when playing volleyball on the beach.

Secondly, the second timezone would allow Maverick to keep track of time and two time zones even when on an air craft carrier which was always on the move. The large luminescent hour markers provide tremendous visibility even at 45,000 feet above sea level. I am not sure if Maverick would opt for the older reference 6542, but more likely the reference 1675 which was introduced in 1959 and continued through 1980. Maverick would respect the longevity of a timepiece like this, similar to his own longevity in his role as fighter ace.

The Watches of Ford v Ferrari

The watches of Ford v Ferrari
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The watches of Ford v Ferrari we describe here are representative timepieces we would expect these race car drivers to wear at Le Mans 1966 if they had the choice.

In 1966, automotive visionary Carroll Shelby teamed up with British race car driver Ken Miles. Their mission was to build the Ford GT40. This was to be a race car able to defeat the Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.

The Watches of Ford v Ferrari
New Hollywood Film with Matt Damon and Christian Bale

The new Hollywood film stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale. It is currently playing in theaters now. The story begins with famous Ford Motor Company VP Lee Iacocca who recommends the purchase of Ferrari. However Enzo Ferrari walks out of the deal with Ford and takes a deal with Fiat instead. As a result, a furious Henry Ford II hires Shelby American owner Carroll Shelby. His goal is to defeat the reigning king of Le Mans, Ferrari in a new Ford GT40.

Rolex Daytona the Race Car Driver’s Dream Timepiece with Rubber B band and Rolex Clasp

The Watches of Ford v Ferrari

Any race car driver would love the Rolex Daytona which is a perfect timepiece for the Ford driver. We would envision that Ford’s Carroll Shelby would be wearing this timepiece. He is a visionary. He is a past champion driver himself. Undoubtedly, he would love wearing a Rolex Daytona. Pictured above is a silver Daytona with a comfortable Rubber B strap.

We believe that Shelby would appreciate the Rolex history of horological discovery. As a designer himself, he would appreciate Rolex’s quest for perfection. He, himself, sidelined by a heart condition, found his calling. He would develop the supercar that would win Ford the title in both Le Mans and Daytona.

Ken Miles Gold Rolex Daytona
Ken Miles Gold Rolex Daytona

Christian Bale plays the British driver Ken Miles. He is flashier. Unpredictable. He is a mechanic and would appreciate the utility of the Rolex Daytona. However, we believe with his European roots, he would appreciate the Gold and Black coloring of the above Rolex Daytona timepiece. This would win him his first title at Daytona, driving Shelby’s Ford GT40. He, too, overcame disaster and possible death after his breaks failed during a test drive.

The Rolex Daytona has set the high water mark for car drivers the world over with a timepiece that can accurately gauge lap times with its two pushers above and below the winding crown. Ken Miles would want the best. We believe he would prefer the gold to go with his flashier tastes and since he essentially “won the gold” at Daytona.

The Watches of Ford v Ferrari
The exquisite Roger Dubuis Excalibur timepiece

The Ferrari Team

The Ferrari team was the team to beat in 1966. They had won Le Mans in 1958, 1960-1964, and had 5 wins at 24 hours of Daytona as well. Winning is part of the Ferrari tradition.

Although the Roger Dubuis was not around in 1966, they have been making striking timepieces since 1995. Their timepieces utilize racing technology and coloring from the famous Pirelli tires and Lamborghini. The ties to Italian supercars would definitely be something that the proud Enzo Ferrari team would support.

The RDDBEX series of timepieces from Roger Dubuis combined with the ultimate rubber straps from Rubber B, provide the ultimate timepiece to support the ultimate racing team.

The Watches of Ford v Ferrari
Roger Dubuis with Blue Rubber B strap and Blue Stitching

Roger Dubuis timepieces generally use the skeleton dial so that you can see the beauty and majesty of the design inside. These timepieces are unique works of art. They are only made in limited runs – meaning that typically only 88 units are ever made of one style. This makes these timepieces ultra rare and a collector’s treasured possession.

The beauty behind these timepieces is the attention to exquisite detail, the touches of coloring that matches actual race cars, and the bands themselves. Rubber B is the official bracelet designer for Roger Dubuis. They have a huge array of colors and styles to match each unique Roger Dubuis timepiece.