Manufacturing Haojue brought medieval masterpiece, a perfect marriage, a new version of its flagship collection Excalibur: Excalibur Knights of the Round Table. The first explanation, unveiled 2013 (which we here), the Geneva-based manufacture of designers presented 28 limited edition rose gold and 12 knight made of gold, enamel and around – decals reproducing level in Tudor green and buttered English oak round table made of King Henry VIII, and placed in his castle’s Great Hall in Winchester. For 2015, the second round table of 28 very new Excalibur Knight breathtaking needs from Raja, Camelot theme of this push in the history of aesthetic type to dark, gothic, more bad ass – a watch the equivalent of games iron Throne throne.
The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II features 12 meticulously sculpted miniature bronze knights positioned around a precious black jade dial that is masterfully engraved and weighted with symbolism. As you’d expect from such an extraordinary degree of complexity and sophistication, it takes Roger Dubuis’s artisans an entire day to micro-engrave one knight and an entire month to make just two dials. The satin, white-gold circular flange surrounding the center of the dial is engraved and patinated to obtain the cobblestone paving effect for the Knights to stand on.
Each figure represents one of the legendary King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, with their swords aimed at the dial’s center, representing unity as well as serving as the hour markers. These breathtaking miniaturizations, the work of highly skilled, passionate artisans, comprise 12 completely individual knights, each one only 6.5 mm tall and unique from the rest. Each Knight is formed from a three-dimensional casting in bronze, which is then sculpted and hand-finished and includes three-dimensional micro-engraving. This is the first time the material has been used for micro-engraving, a process that adds additional complexity, but the slight patina of the bronze accentuates the contrasts between each figure and adds to the darker motif.
The artisanal masterpiece is showcased in the traditional 45-mm white gold, notched-bezel, tri-lugged case of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur line. Behind the caseback, which is adorned with a blue-lacquered coat of arms with three crowns, beats the same valiant heart as in the first edition of this timepiece: the mechanical self-winding Caliber RD821, with its solid 48-hour power reserve. Like all Roger Dubuis timepieces, all 172 components of this movement are hand-finished and stamped with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève (Hallmark of Geneva), a horological medal of honor that is entirely worthy of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table.
The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II carries a retail price of $268,000. Scroll down to see images of the watch’s painstaking production process and the skilled craftsmen who bring it to life.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II – process 12much more tragic in tone these past few years. On December 29, 2013, while skiing near the French resort of Meribel, Mr. Schumacher was involved in a skiing accident while with his son and suffered serious head injuries. He was immediately airlifted to the hospital and placed in an artificial coma and operated on to relieve pressure on his brain, saving his life, but leaving him paralyzed and with severe memory loss. These past few years have seen small steps on the road to recovery, but it is still uncertain to what level he will ever function again.
Through this dark time for Mr. Schumacher and his family, there has been at least one ray of hope. His son, Mick, recently made a pre-season testing debut in the German Formula Four racing division. Should his career reach anywhere near the heights of his father’s, perhaps we will be seeing a second line of Omega Schumacher Speedmasters again in the future.