Is it a bird?!
Is it a plane?!
No, it’s a social media influencer in a gyrocopter!
I don’t know who’s idea it was to let Anish fly a gyrocopter over the desert metropolis of Dubai, but my guess is that person wasn’t going about their business on the streets below. In fact my suspicion is that the people who gave this the thumbs up were safely sat in the Roger Dubuis office in Geneva.
Anish took to the skies for #DareToBeRare #DubaiCalling to celebrate several of Roger Dubuis’ newer pieces in the hope of creating an image almost as striking as the watches themselves, which even with a lot of imagination and the Gulf stretched out below the horizon, is no mean feat.
Burj Khalifa Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby
Stars are obviously not normally visible in the bright afternoon sky but the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon which Anish was sporting seems to fly in the face of that perceived wisdom.
The skeletonized 45mm titanium case fits comfortably on the wrist and allows for wild, erratic movements of the control stick of a light aircraft.
The manual-wind movement is comprised of 179 components that delivers a 60 hour power reserve and took a total of 700 hours to create. Just to contextualise how daring Roger Dubuis are being by sending Anish into the cockpit with this watch, 700 hours is approximately 700 hours more than Anish’s combined pilot experience. Knowing all the words to Top Gun is not a qualification.
How many likes?
It transpires I should have had a little more trust in my boss, and a lot more faith in Roger Dubuis. Everyone, and importantly, everything, landed safely, and as you can see, it was worth the risk for the ride!
For the opportunity to see the collection in person, Roger Dubuis are hosting a pop up at Harrods for the next month. For details click here.