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Damascus steel for the Roger Dubuis’ Knights
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Damascus steel for the Roger Dubuis’ Knights

Thursday, 18 March 2021
By The FHH Journal editors
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This new model sets an incredible stage for the fabled knights micro-sculpted by hand, while reinventing the ancient art of Damascus steel through a Damascus titanium alloy.

Damascus steel, today the most commonly used name for patterned welded steel, was historically prepared with steel sheets with various degrees of hardness and is said to have been developed by the Hittites during the first millennium. Used ever since to produce the swords, daggers and blades, its combination of hard and soft steel serves to leverage the intrinsic qualities of these two varieties. Roger Dubuis opted for Damascus titanium. Twice as light as steel yet 30% more resistant, this material is totally biocompatible. Starting from a block of Damascus titanium, the case and bezel are machined and then dipped in an acid bath designed to reveal the inimitable pattern that is the perfect symbol for contemporary knights. This exclusive treatment, combined with the Haute Horlogerie decorative techniques applied to the 45 mm case of this model, represents a novel approach for Roger Dubuis.

Excalibur Knights of the Round Table © Roger Dubuis
Excalibur Knights of the Round Table © Roger Dubuis

The dial structure is composed of white gold and dark grey enamel, creating the stage-setting for the crafted Knights of the Round Table. Cast in pink gold and just 7mm high, each knight is meticulously micro-sculpted, engraved and finished by hand. They represent an example of Low Poly Art, a technique in which polygonal facets are used to create sculptures or painting. Swords at the ready, each represents an hour, while the case-back is engraved with their famous oath of allegiance to King Arthur: “Around this table, the bravest knights will gather as equals. They will set forth in search of adventure, righting wrongs, protecting the weak and humbling the proud”.

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