King Arthur’s tale of his magic Excalibur sword that he pulled from a stone is widely known and is the reason he was appointed the future King of England. Joining King Arthur on his strenuous journey to defend the kingdom were 12 loyal knights under an oath of allegiant who all met regularly at the famed Round Table. Now, the Swiss watch brand, Roger Dubuis, is continuing to pay tribute to the archaic legend with its third Excalibur Knights of the Round Table watch.
The first version of the timepiece emerged in 2013 with a dial fashioned after the Winchester Round Table. Robb Report provided us with a fun fact, mentioning the dial dates back to the mid-13th century. Today it hangs in the great hall of Winchester Castle in Hampshire, England.
The second model of the Excalibur Knights of the Round Table was released in 2015 with a dozen sculpted bronze knights gathered around a black jade dial. The idea was to represent the Round Table.
Now, three years later the Round Table III is unveiled and appears to top all other models thanks to its cutting-edge, three-dimensional dial. The Dial’s round table is created in tiers, with the center being the inmost point while the levels climbing upward. The dial uses 12 translucent blue enamel segments, each consisting of solid blocks of enamel and 12 rose-gold segments for a completed finish.
A knight in shining gold armor is present at the top of each gold section with his sword pointing to the center, pledging allegiance to the king. Each of the 12 knights serve as an hour marker and were created using a jaded poly-sculpting technique that was originally created for the gaming industry to build 3-D models and scenes, according to Robb Report.
Roger Dubuis uses the same technique to create three-dimensional 18-karat pink-gold knights, in which the brand’s master artisans individually engrave and hand-finish. Each knight measures to nearly 6.5mm in height while each dial takes approximately 45 hours to create and assemble.
The 47mm Excalibur Knights of the Round Table timepiece is powered by the 172-part self-winding RD821 automatic movement that offers 48 hours of power reserve. If you find the watch appealing, you must act fast as there will only be 28 pieces made, each retailing for $280,200.