Soigne (swn-'yA) is French for elegantly maintained or designed. Sophistication can come in a variety of designs. However, the most well-known is the Staunton design, which is named after Howard Staunton (a 19th century English chess player), and designed by Nathaniel Cook, in 1849. This set is intended to withstand the rigors of practical play while maintaining the elegance and pattern of the traditional Staunton styling. The design, quality, workmanship and finish of each chess piece are Soigne.
The Soigne Series from our Premier Collection is Crafted from Rosewood and Boxwood. Rosewood is strong, heavy, and richly hued reddish-brown timber taking an excellent polish, being suitable for creating decorative wood. The King stands 4" tall with a 1 3/4" base. From the sinuous Bishop to the ponderous Rook, these pieces are sure to delight. These pieces are weighted and fit well on a board with 2.125 - 2.5" squares.
The tall pawns are nice. The bishop design is attractive. The knight pretty much looks more like a horse than many knights in other sets. The rook looks good but the battlements are not symmetrical. The queen is slender. The king is nice but the weights protruded on the bottom. If you're not a perfectionist this is a very nice set for the money. (some people are ridiculously picky) I'm satisfied.