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New Roger Dubuis Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2 watch has a studded rubber band, natural titanium case

Lamborghini, Roger Dubuis, and Pirelli joined forces in Aspen to launch a new, very exclusive watch.

Photo courtesy of Roger Dubuis

Swiss watchmaker Roger Dubuis has added a new, automotive themed watch to its collection. The Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2 recently debuted in Aspen, showcasing an avant-garde approach to watch design that incorporates prized modern materials.

Surrounded by the legendary ski runs and snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the watch made its debut as select guests were welcomed to drive a Lamborghini on ice, something usually avoided by the supercar owner set.

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The watch features sporty characteristics including its Poinçon de Genève-certified astral skeleton signature (820SQ calibre). The 28-piece watch has the Pirelli Cinturato intermediate pattern on the inside and wraps around the wrist with a Ice Zero 2 studded tire strap. It sits in a natural titanium case offset by icy blue accents.

Owners also received an additional bimaterial strap featuring a black rubber base and blue rubberTech inlay. It has a 52-hour power reserve.

The watch gets its name from the new studded tire of the Pirelli range. The Lamborghini that was driven on the ice during the reveal wore the shoes that leant their name to the model.

Only eight of the timepieces will be produced.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The Z06 isn't on sale yet, but it's already raising money for charities.

Chevrolet

Just a couple years ago, the Chevrolet Corvette got a major overhaul that completely changed its design, personality, and performance. The car moved to a mid-engine layout for the first time, and its V8 produces thundering performance at a reasonable price. As it has always done with the Corvette, Chevy's laying out special editions for the car, and one of the first in the new generation will be the 2023 Corvette Z06. An early Z06 sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction this weekend to raise money for charity, and the final dollar amount crested the $1 million mark.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The car raised $1 million at the Palm Beach Auction. Chevrolet

The car crossed the block at the Palm Beach Auction, which took place on April 9. It's the first production model of the car, which builds on the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette. It's powered by a 670-horsepower 5.5-liter flat plane-crank V8, which sends its power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine revs much higher than a standard V8 and features a distinct sound. Chevy says the Z06's engine offers the most horsepower of any naturally aspirated V8 on sale.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06Rick Hendrick was the winning bidder for the car. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The car's $1 million price tag raised money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The organization supports training of educators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). This auction, together with the first retail version of the car auctioned earlier this year, brings the Corvette's total charity haul to $4.6 million in 2022.

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