Backes & Strauss has kindly been granted permission by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office in Buckingham Palace to use her Majesty’s Royal Cypher in the design of this unique and historical watch collection.
The collection will be limited to 60 pieces and each piece will celebrate a year of Her Majesty’s reign. The side of each case will be engraved with the years her reign “1952 – 2012”. The back of the watch will be open with a sapphire glass and the movement will be decorated. The back will also be engraved “Queen’s Diamond Jubilee” and have a year from her reign which will be the serial number of the piece.
One or two rows of diamonds surround the Royal purple dial base of lacquered English roses, set with the Royal Cypher and diamond set Roman numerals – LX (60) in diamonds at 12 O’Clock.
The first recorded use of royal purple as a color name in English was in 1661. The royal purple alligator skin strap is completed with an 18kt white gold ardillon diamond set buckle.
Backes & Strauss’ signature is one ideal cut diamond hand set into the crown; The Jewel in the Crown. As with all Backes & Strauss pieces only the best diamonds are used, Ideal Cut Round Brilliant, Colour Collection (F+) and Clarity: Clean (Flawless/VVS+).
These simple yet elaborate details crafted by Masters of light and time make a Backes & Strauss timepiece quite unique.