In 2013, the legend of King Arthur was the inspiration for a one-of-a-kind Roger Dubuis creation called Excalibur Knights of the Round Table. Now, for 2015, there’s a sequel to the Swiss replica watches; Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II.
For the first interpretation unveiled in 2013, the Roger Dubuis designers presented a 28-piece limited edition. The figures appeared seated around an enamel and decal reproduction of the Tudor green and cream painted English Oak Round Table made for Henry VIII and placed in the Grand Hall of his castle at Winchester.
For 2015, a new 28-piece version has been created and is available exclusively from Roger Dubuis boutiques. The new Breitling replica watches features the 12 engraved and sculpted bronze knights positioned around a precious black jade dial. The satin white gold circular flange surrounding the center of the dial is engraved and patinated, a feat requiring considerable skill and patience in order to obtain the cobblestone paving effect.
Laden with symbolism, the new expression of the Round Table legend is a remarkable display of miniaturization and precision. The 12 figures representing the Knights of the Round Table point their swords so as to form a perfect circle, thereby replacing traditional hour-markers. Skilled artisans crafted each of the 12 knights so as to be completely individual, and each is only 6.5 mm tall.
Requiring a day of work to make a single knight, each consists of a three-dimensional casting in bronze with finely sculpted, hand-finished details, including three-dimensional micro-engraving. Each dial requires one month of work.
In contrast to the gold figures used on the original knights, this is the first time that bronze has been used for micro-engraving. Despite the need to manage the additional complexity, the subtle patina of the bronze accentuates the contrasts.
The Round Table on the dial is made from black jade, chosen to represent power, wisdom and self-control. The stone is said to guard against those projecting anger and aggression. A facilitator of honest self-evaluation, it is also believed to help absorb and transform unhealthy and destructive emotions.
Within the 45mm white gold case beats the mechanical self-winding Calibre RD821 with a 48-hour power reserve. Like all Roger Dubuis timepieces, all 172 components of this calibre are hand-finished and stamped with the Poin’on de Gen’ve, a guarantee of exclusivity, origin, expertise, performance and durability befitting the brave knights of old.
On the reverse of the Breitling replica watches uk the plain gold case back bears the solemn oath proclaimed by Merlin, engraved in a circle that echoes the one formed by the fabled figures appearing on the dial.