The Knight 318M798A0004

The knight often symbolizes virtue, courage, chivalry, helpfulness and unrequited sacrifice. These core values are maintained within the actions of the individual rather than the surrounding elements and circumstances. The knight represents virtues upheld without wavering.

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  • ShapeRound
  • Size⌀: 42.00mm
  • Height12.00mm
  • Glass CrystalFlat Crystal Sapphire, Scratch Resistant, 9/10 Mohs
  • Watch Caseback316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel, Engraved with Octoganal Perpetual Pattern
  • DialMicro Painted
  • Water Resistance3 ATM, 30 Meters
  • MovementETA 2824-2, Swiss Made
  • Frequency4 Hz, 28'800 A/h
  • Power Reserve42 Hours
  • Shock ProtectionIncabloc Novodiac
  • Movement FeaturesSelf-Winding, Stop-Second Time Setting, Bidirectional
  • DisplayHours, Minutes
  • AccuracyAverage +/- 12 sec/day, up to +/- 30 sec/day
  • Self WindingYes
  • Case Material18K White Gold (Including hands, buckle and crown)
  • Bezel18K White Gold, Concave
  • MaterialCrocodile Leather
  • TypeGenuine Leather, Hand Tanned
  • SeamHand Sewn, High Quality
  • Buckle18k White Gold
  • Dial ArtMicro Painting of a Knight, Special Coating
  • SidesMicro Painted Depiction of Conceptual Clouds and the Symbol of Maltese Knights, Special Coating
  • Crown ArtMicro Painted Symbol of the Maltese Knights, Special Coating
Virtue, Ethics, Heroism
The Knight
The Knight

The main objective of a knight of The Order of St John was to set up a hospital wherever they settled. Fortifications were built if seen necessary to defend those that required help and sought refuge. They would necessarily look after, educate, heal, better and improve their surroundings. This cycle of charity went on for centuries, even during the Industrial Age when such traditions became obsolete one by one.

In history, the knight has often been an elite soldier with noble birth, however the frequency in which the concept was repeated caused it to branch out into numerous details of definition. This variety caused numerous orders to be formed, each having unique attributes that didn’t necessarily match one another.  

To become a host and serve the root values of Christianity, knights often ventured into the unfavorable parts of the world and set up estates to help those in need. These later established into institutions that still stand to this day. The Knights of St John were no different in this tradition of hospice and aid giving. They spread around the Christian world through history.

Today the image of the knight is known as a soldier in heavy plated armor rather than the honorary title symbolizing their core values or the historical significance of knighthood. However, even in modern culture the knight is used to represent the ideal embodiment of virtues and values. Those that insistently expand their labour for the betterment of the society, inspiring others with a dedication towards principles and ethics are still likened to knights. This selfless work is represented in this composition by the expressive background and the overused surroundings of the knight, his cloak worn out after many such struggles.

This piece portrays a knight in an expressive setting, his symbol the armor and the shield. The sword in the contemporary age no longer represents actual warfare, but rather the struggle against the concepts which are in opposition to the knight’s core values; such as poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disaster, disease etc. As such, the orders today are relief organizations that seek to help everyone around the world, gathering significant amounts of resources to help those in need, without a distinction or hesitation.