With the Excalibur range, Roger Dubuis established a connection with the legends of Arthur and the knights, but there was no real visual link except for a sense of power and efficiency, and the sword-blade-shaped hands. With the Table Ronde, which will be presented at SIHH 2013 in Geneva, Roger Dubuis makes the connection explicit, with 12 knights placed around a table, with their swords, individually cast in gold, becoming the hour markers. The dial is beautifully crafted in enamel, with the names of the knights around the edge.
The dial is a reproduction of a table that actually exists, in the Great Hall of Winchester Castle, in England. According to tradition, it is the table around which Arthur and his Knights actually met. It dates to about 1290, and it was later modified in the early years of Henry VIII's reign, with a portrait of Henry in the guise of Arthur at the centre. It is massive, over 5 metres in diameter, and weighs over a ton.
The watch is made in a limited edition of 88 pieces (I wonder why 88?). Like all Roger Dubuis watches, they have the Hallmark of Geneva, which guarantees the origin and expertise of the watch.
The RD822 automatic-winding mechanical movement provides hour and minutes functions. The 45 millimetre case in pink gold has a fluted bezel, a robust crown guard, and triple strap horns. We look foward to seeing it 'in the round' in Geneva! But, as Guinevere said, "What tomorrow brings, we cannot know."