Royal Oak: Bespoke Saber
To complete this build, it saw two continents, three countries, four cities, and the help of four people directly, and countless others indirectly.
This build has been long in the works, and features many feats never before seen in a lightsaber.
A bit of backstory: In 1972, watchmaker Audemars Piguet unveiled the Royal Oak. The design was unique, and revolutionized the watch market as a steel watch worth more than a gold watch. It was so complicated to craft, that the first prototypes were made out of white gold. There were simply too many sharp angles, clean cutoffs, and varying finishes. It broke the rules of watchmaking in nearly every way possible, and today it stands as a staple of design, luxury, and exclusivity.
This bespoke saber is inspired by the Royal Oak watch. The emitter and pommel are hexagonal, featuring a striking contrast of brushed and polished finishes. The crystal chamber continues this aesthetic through the chamber shell, core, mount, and rods, displaying an array of delicate hand-finishing. Each angle and surface is delicately brushed and polished by hand, personifying the hilt as it moves in the light.
Just as the Royal Oak shattered preconceived notions of what a watch needs to be, this saber pushes boundaries of what defines a saber in the first place. Vaults of Valhalla worked to combine enamel painting, acid etching, precious gem setting, and precious metal inlaying, introducing luxury to lightsabers. No saber before has been so unique and exotic.
Sterling silver adorns the activation switches and details, as well as the accent rods inside the crystal chamber. Alongside the natural rubies and sapphires adorning the exterior, an aqua topaz point is set inside the core of the crystal chamber. The emitter is fashioned with a transparent blade connector holder, which glows alongside the crystal in idle. A custom MagLock connector system is used for blade retention.
When no blade is inserted, a custom, glowing blue blade plug is fit to match the profile of the emitter and grand a royal, arcane appearance. A matching insert is included for the pommel, vented for sound.
The entire build is displayed in a purple heartwood box handcrafted by Moon’s Custom Armory, with a brass plaque from Vaults of Valhalla. Thank you Tristan Kam for the config/fonts!
Initially this saber began as a counterpart for Mystery Saber #3. However, as it began to take shape, I drew inspiration from the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak wristwatch. The sharp cutoffs between brushed and polished metal, entirely hand finished, created a unique visual appearance through the profile of the saber. Since the saber design had to be a canvas for etching, painting, inlaying, and gemsetting, it was important to bring as much detail out of the metal without machining too complex of a profile.
Next, it went to Carl Danby at Vaults of Valhalla. Carl spent countless hours designing a custom etch before carefully bringing the design to life. Next, he inlaid precious metals in the pommel and emitter, before carefully painting the grip with gold leaf and enamel paints. After all that, the hilt was set with precious and semi-precious gemstones throughout
After Vaults of Valhalla completed the hilt customization, it was shipped back to Davinium Customs for a full-metal handcrafted crystal reveal and electronics installation.
Since the saber grip was extremely thin, the crystal reveal would follow suit. Being that there was no room to machine details into the chamber shell, we had to get creative; again, inspired by the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak wristwatch, a complex alternation of brushing and polishing added a thorough depth of detail to the chamber shell. For the chamber core, a similar pattern of brushing and polishing was used on all components, including the sterling silver accent rods.
After the chamber was machined out, it was installed with a transparent resin chassis. The emitter featured a transparent blade connector holder which glows from the crystal chamber when in idle.
To finish the saber, Tristan Kam created a custom CFX SD card profile complete with specialized fonts and blade profiles.
But we weren't finished yet. This saber was commissioned as a birthday present for a gentleman's wife. He insisted that no expense be spared, so long as it arrived in time for her birthday. We were running out of time.
The clock was ticking, but there was still one important piece to be crafted. This saber was inspired by luxury jewelry, and half of the beauty is in the presentation of the piece. Naturally, a custom, handcrafted display box was required.
To hit our deadline, I personally drove eight hours to deliver the saber to Jeremy Moon. Jeremy worked overtime to create a purple heartwood box compete with purple velvet inlay and a slot for Vaults of Valhalla's custom brass plaque.
With that, the saber was complete. It stands as one of Davinium Customs' finest creations, and a testament to the value of teamwork and collaboration.
This is a completed saber and is not for sale.