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The Watches of Ford v Ferrari

The watches of Ford v Ferrari
Image from the book offered on Amazon

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.

Bands For The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli

Roger Dubois RDDBEX0704 with Rubber B Orange Strap
Roger Dubuis RDDBEX0704 with Orange Strap

The Roger Dubuis RDDBEX0704

Roger Dubuis has an exclusive partnership with Pirelli. Pirelli is the sole supplier of premium tyres to racing competitions. The Excalibur Spider Pirelli uses the famous color codes of Pirelli. It draws the rubber inlays from certified Pirelli winning tyres. Similarly, Roger Dubuis adorns the 704 with legendary tread motifs of the Pirelli Cinturato intermediate tyre. They only produced 88 units of this exceptional timepiece.

The 45mm skeleton case has black DLC titanium. It has touches of orange around the bezel.  The hour markers have with rhodium plating and are filled with luminous SLN.  The hands are 18k gold with black PVD with orange transfer and white luminous SLN tips.

Roger Dubois caliber RD820SQ
Roger Dubois caliber RD820SQ

A Custom Caliber

The RD820SQ automatic caliber powers the RDDBEX0704.  It has 167 hand-finished parts with circular grained plates and Poinçon de Genève finishings.  It utilizes 35 jewels. Beats at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vph). Has a power reserve of 60 hours.  The RDDBEX0704 has a sapphire glass crystal on both sides of the timepiece. It supports a water resistance to 50 meters.

The timepiece comes with a bi-material strap with a black rubber base. It incorporates black Pirelli winning tyre rubber inlay.  It has orange stitching. A black DLC titanium adjustable folding buckle completes the band. Roger Dubuis patented its quick release system.

Roger Dubois RDDBEX0704 with Rubber B Black Strap
Roger Dubois RDDBEX0704 with Rubber B Black Strap

Designer Roger Dubois Bracelets

Rubber B collaborated with Roger Dubuis to design the official bracelet for the RDDBEX0704.  This Vulcanized Rubber strap is engineered for the 45mm case and deployment clasp with the quick-release system.  Rubber B makes all its products in Switzerland. Each band uses natural vulcanized rubber. No coatings or blends are used.

The blocked integration creates a rotation-free mount.  The strap integrates perfectly with the original Roger Dubuis deployant buckle.  Above, we see two straps. One with orange rubber and orange stitching. And one with black rubber and black stitching. Many more coloring options are available.

Rolex Sea Dweller Black Strap

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

Designer Straps for the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Automatic Skeleton – Reference RDDBEX0705 is influenced by the Pirelli white coloring.  It is one of the few timepieces to be 100 percent skeletonized from the case to the movement.  It utilizes the astral skeleton signature found in many of the Excalibur models.  It is produced in limited edition with only 88 pieces being manufactured.

Powered by an automatic micro-rotor – a caliber RD820SQ self-winding mechanism – it supports a power reserve of up to 60 hours.  The timepiece is stamped by the Poinçon de Genève seal of quality.  The timepiece supports 50 meters of water resistance.

Roger Dubois RDDBEX0705 back side

Roger Dubois RDDBEX0705 back side

The 45 mm case is made from black DLC titanium.  The dial is black and has touches of white on the dial and on the winding crown.  The rhodium plated hour markers are filled with white luminous SLN.  The hands are 18k gold but made with black PVD and white luminescent tips.

The strap is a bi-material with black rubber base and black Pirelli tire rubber inlay with white stitching.  The clasp is made from black DLC titanium and has an adjustable folding buckle and quick release system.

Rolex Sea Dweller Black Strap

Strap for Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider

Rubber Tech Series

For the 45mm

Rubber B collaborated with Roger Dubuis to design the official bracelet collection for the RDDBEX0705.  This Vulcanized Rubber strap is specifically engineered for the 45mm case and deployment clasp with the “quick-release” system.  All Rubber B straps are made in Switzerland utilizing pure, natural vulcanized rubber with no coatings or blends.

The engineered blocked integration creates a rotation-free mount.  The strap can also integrate perfectly with the original Roger Dubuis deployant buckle.  Above we see two straps – one with white rubber and red stitching, and one with yellow rubber and yellow stitching. Many more coloring options are available.

The Lamborghini look of these designer bands are unique and spectacular and clearly matches the white throughout the timepiece.  For more information and many more coloring options for these bands, visit our page here.

Designer Bracelet for the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Automatic Skeleton – Reference RDDBEX0617

Roger Dubois RDDBEX0617 Red Strap

Roger Dubois RDDBEX0617 with Red Rubber B Strap

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Automatic Skeleton – Reference RDDBEX0617 was made in exclusive partnership with Pirelli – the world pioneeer in technical and industrial innovations and supplier of tires to motorsports competitions.  Drawing from the famous color codes of Pirelli, the reference RDDBEX0617 utilizes tread motifs from the Pirelli Cinterurato intermediate tire.

Roger Dubois RDDBEX0617 back side

Roger Dubois RDDBEX0617 back side

This timepiece was produced in limited edition with only 88 pieces ever produced. It is stamped with the Poinçon de Genève seal exhibiting the most demanding and strictest criteria for quality and craftsmanship. Of the 20 million watches produced in Switzerland, only 24,000 bear the Hallmark of Geneva guarantee. 170 hours of work are devoted just to acquiring this certification.

Roger Dubois RDDBEX0617 caliber RD820SQ

Roger Dubois RDDBEX0617 caliber RD820SQ

The RDDBEX0617 is powered by a RD820SQ Automatic skeleton micro-rotor.  It is made with 167 components, 35 jewels and beats at 4 hz or 28,800 vph.  It is made with charcoal grey rhodium-plated and is embellished with circular-grained plates and Poinçon de Genève finishings.  All faces of the parts are individually hand-finished. This self-winding mechanical caliber has a power reserve of 60 hours.  It supports a water resistance of 50 meters.

The 45mm case of this timepiece is made with black DLC Titanium.  It comes with a black rubber strap with Pirelli special tyre inlay and a titanium black DLC adjustable folding clasp.

This timepiece is exceptionally stylish utilizing the Pirelli red in touches throughout the edge of the bezel, on the winding crown and on the hour and minutes hands.  Luminescent hour markers and on the hands provide visibility in darkness.  No matter whether you are looking at the timepiece from the front or on the back where the Pirelli logo is proudly displayed upon the skeleton design, this timepiece is breathtaking.

Roger Dubois RDDBEX0617 with Rubber B black strap with red stitching

Roger Dubois Excalibur RDDBEX0617 with Rubber B black strap with red stitching

Rubber B collaborated with Roger Dubuis to design the official bracelet collection for the RDDBEX0617.  This Vulcanized Rubber strap is specifically engineered for the 45mm case and deployment clasp with the “quick-release” system.  All Rubber B straps are made in Switzerland utilizing pure, natural vulcanized rubber with no coatings or blends.

The engineered blocked integration creates a rotation-free mount.  The strap can also integrate perfectly with the original Roger Dubuis deployant buckle.  Above we see two straps – one with red rubber and red stitching, and one with black rubber and red stitching. Many more coloring options are available.

Rolex Sea Dweller Black Strap

Strap for ROGER DUBUIS

RDDBEX0704

For the 45mm

The Lamborghini look of these designer bands are unique and spectacular and clearly matches the red throughout the timepiece.  For more information and many more coloring options for these bands, visit our page here.

Luxurious Bands for the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S - Reference RDDBEX0624

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S – Reference RDDBEX0624

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Reference RDDBEX0624 is an exceptional masterpiece ultra-limited edition timepiece made in partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse.  It combines the visionary design of Roger Dubuis horological experts inspired by the supercar design codes of the Lamborghini engineering team. Only 8 exclusive pieces of this spectacular timepiece were created.

The 45 mm case is made from C-SMC carbon.  The dial is a skeleton design with rhodium plating, with black and orange flanges.   White luminouse SLN on the hour markers creates legibility at night.  The hands are made from 18k gold and are covered with orange transfer and enhanced with luminous SLN tips for visibility in the dark.

Touches of orange are displayed throughout the bezel – on the middle ring, on the numerals around the bezel, and on the inner bezel where it marks the seconds.  The bright orange seconds hand adds stunning contrast to the stark black skeleton dial – as does the large orange winding crown.

 

Rolex Sea Dweller Black Strap

Strap for Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider

Rubber Tech Series

For the 45mm

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Reference RDDBEX0624 is powered by a hand-wound caliber RD103SQ which beats at a frequency of 2 x 28,800 vph (4 Hz) resulting in 57,600 vph.  It is built with 48 jewels and 312 parts.  It has double spring balances and has a power reserve of 40 hours.   Besides the hours, minutes, and jumping seconds it has a power-reserve indicator which resembles the front engine of a super race car.

The anti-reflective sapphire crystal appears on both the front and the case back.   It has a water-resistance of 165 feet.  The strap is a bi-material with black rubber base and black rubber-tech inlay with orange stitching and a titanium black DLC adjustable folding buckle

Rubber B collaborated with Roger Dubuis to design the official bracelet collection for the RDDBEX0624.  This Vulcanized Rubber strap is specifically engineered for the 45mm case and deployment clasp with the “quick-release” system.  All Rubber B straps are made in Switzerland utilizing pure, natural vulcanized rubber with no coatings or blends.

The engineered blocked integration creates a rotation-free mount.  The strap can also integrate perfectly with the original Roger Dubuis deployant buckle.  Above we see two straps – one with orange rubber and orange stitching, and one with black rubber and black stitching. Many more coloring options are available.

The Lamborghini look of these designer bands are unique and spectacular and clearly matches the orange throughout the timepiece.  For more information and many more coloring options for these bands, visit our page here.