King Arthur’s knights are back and have joined Roger Dubuis once again for a new (limited) edition of the Excalibur Knights of the Round Table. In the third version of this unique series, the knights are distinctly more futuristic, as is the environment in which they gather.
Where in the previous versions the knights looked like the rode in on the watch straight from Avalon, Roger Dubuis applied a whole new technique to create the current version. The knights are now sculpted by using a technique called ‘low poly sculpting’. With this technique, polygonal facets are used to create the figures. This technique was especially developed for creating 3D models and for use in video games.
Roger Dubuis uses pink gold to craft the knights from, and despite their polygonal appearance it takes dedicated craftsmanship and a lot of patience to create each of them. All twelve of them are also finished to perfection before they take their place at the round table inside the 45mm Excalibur case. Each dial takes on average 45 hours to complete.
The table itself, on which the knights present their swords, is also very interesting as it is crafted from solid blocks of blue enamel. This most certainly adds to the futuristic looks of this watch and is not only matched by the blue alligator strap, but also by the case back.
As is traditional with the ‘Knights of the Round Table’ editions of Roger Dubuis, it has the pledge engraved on it, along with a blue, transparent case back with below it Calibre RD 821. This self-winding movement is made in-house by Roger Dubuis, has a power reserve of 48 hours and comes with the prestigious Geneva Seal, testifying further for its exquisite make and finish.
With the Excalibur Knights of the Round Table III, which is limited to 28 pieces, Roger Dubuis has given this exquisite series an tantalizing new chapter, and also a future. This more futuristic version still embodies the theme of King Arthur’s legend, yet opens up a world of other interpretations of this classic theme.