Watches that are extravagant and wildly outrageous, whether on visual, design, material or horological complications, are part and parcel of the industry, and provide often unexpected interest.
Roger Dubuis has launched a new addition to their singularly outrageous Round Table collection. This new piece, in a 45mm sized (15.15mm thick) 18k gold Excalibur-style case, has the familiar ‘Knights of the Round Table’ as the twelve hour markers in 18k pink gold.
For those who are unfamiliar with the periodic ‘Round Table’ pieces released by Roger Dubuis, the knights are in full mediaeval garb – armour with plates, shields and helmets. Having seen one at an SIHH of old, I can say that these miniature sculptures are exactly that, and an incredible amount of effort into this key decorative aspect of the collection. For this new piece, there is a transparent blood-red flange and ‘magma-inspired’ (as the brand says) texture on the dial, both made from Murano glass.
The Excalibur case has a notched bezel, with the crown and its protector shaped like a sword’s guard. The crown is pink gold with red Murano glass.
What’s the point of having miniature sculptures if you can’t see them from multiple possible angles? There is a sapphire crystal ring under the bezel for this purpose.
Secured with four screws, the case back has the following engraving – “Around this table, the bravest knights will gather as equals. They will set forth in search of adventure, righting wrongs, protecting the weak and humbling the proud.”
Visible through the case back is the automatic Calibre RD821, beating at 28,00 VPH and with a power reserve of 48 hours. The the oscillating weight has circular finishing which consists of two woven layers of tilted pyramid shapes, intended to represent stained glass windows. The main plate is rhodium-plated.
This new Excalibur Knights of the Round Table watch comes with a black calf leather strap featuring a Quick Release System and pink gold triple folding buckle with titanium blades.. Limited to 28 pieces, this timepiece is boutique-only.
[Photo credit: Roger Dubuis]