Guardians of Time

Roger Dubuis hon­ours the courage and chivalry of the Knights of the Round Ta­ble in a sec­ond edi­tion of its Arthurian mas­ter­piece, writes Lily Ong

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

The cap­ti­vat­ing leg­end of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Ta­ble, with its time­less qual­i­ties of loy­alty, chivalry and brav­ery, has long pro­vided rich in­spi­ra­tion for print and screen. So it’s no sur­prise that Roger Dubuis, in its quest for its own Holy Grail—ex­cel­lence wor­thy of 100 per cent Geneva Seal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion—drew on the leg­end for its Ex­cal­ibur Knights of the Round Ta­ble time­piece, in­tro­duced in 2013.

The de­sign­ers at the Geneva-based man­u­fac­ture cre­ated a 28-piece lim­ited edi­tion dis­tin­guished by its bold look and which main­tained the brand’s 100 per cent cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The noble knights sit around an enamel and de­cal re­pro­duc­tion of the English oak Round Ta­ble that hangs in the Great Hall of Winch­ester Cas­tle, which leg­end records as the ta­ble of King Arthur and his knights. The watch gen­er­ated rave re­views and ad­mi­ra­tion, with col­lec­tors around the world clam­our­ing to own one.

Roger Dubuis re­vis­its the Arthurian leg­end this year with a new 28-piece it­er­a­tion. As in the in­au­gu­ral de­sign, Ex­cal­ibur Knights of the Round Ta­ble II fea­tures 12 metic­u­lously sculpted knights whose swords form a per­fect cir­cle in place of tra­di­tional hour mark­ers. Skilled ar­ti­sans have given each of the 6.5mm knights his own unique look. The fig­ures are cast in bronze from finely sculpted molds, whereas gold was used for the 2013 edi­tion, and the de­tails are hand-fin­ished, with each knight tak­ing a day’s work and in­volv­ing mi­cro-en­grav­ing. The slight patina of the bronze ac­cen­tu­ates the con­trasts of the de­sign.

The dial is made from pre­cious jade, which was cho­sen be­cause it is seen as a stone of pro­tec­tion in some cul­tures. Black jade also rep­re­sents power, wis­dom and self-con­trol— qual­i­ties that de­fine the Knights of the Round Ta­ble. A cir­cu­lar flange of satin white gold, care­fully en­graved and pati­nated to cre­ate a cob­ble­stone paving ef­fect, frames the dial.

In­side the 45mm white gold case beats the me­chan­i­cal self-wind­ing cal­i­bre RD821, which has a 48-hour power re­serve. As with all Roger Dubuis time­pieces, the 172 com­po­nents of the cal­i­bre are hand-fin­ished and stamped with the pres­ti­gious Geneva Seal, a guar­an­tee of ex­clu­siv­ity, ori­gin, ex­per­tise, per­for­mance and dura­bil­ity—en­tirely wor­thy of the brave knights of old.

“In this stand­out model, the motto of the myth­i­cal knights, ‘Courage and Gen­eros­ity,’ re­flects the Roger Dubuis ap­proach to its craft,” says the brand’s prod­uct de­sign di­rec­tor, Li­onel Favre. “It is nobly rep­re­sented by the artists and watch­mak­ers work­ing in close col­lab­o­ra­tion to cre­ate an al­liance of both tra­di­tions.”


Have courage

As­sem­bling the Roger Dubuis Ex­cal­ibur Knights of the Round Ta­ble II re­quires ab­so­lute con­cen­tra­tion and at­ten­tion to de­tail

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