Backes & Strauss – The Berkeley John Bull

Proudly wearing the British colours on its diamond studded dial, the Berkeley John Bull watch marks the passing of over two centuries since Backes & Strauss established its first London office in the heart of the Hatton Garden diamond district. Named after the iconic and exquisitely manicured square whose trees were planted in the founding year of Backes & Strauss, the new John Bull timepiece is inspired by the honoured and most celebrated symbol and personification of unshakeable Britishness: John Bull.

Its dial is set with 202 Ideal Cut diamonds, 198 rubies and 92 sapphires to create the instantly recognisable pattern of the Union Jack flag, behind which lies a self-winding, mechanical movement. The 18 carat white gold case, meanwhile, is set with 124 further diamonds around the bezel, with a single, Ideal Cut diamond nestling in the crown.

The watch is completed with the addition of an alligator leather strap fitted with a white gold diamond set buckle.

Technical details
Model: The Berkeley John Bull
Size: 40mm
Case: 18k white goldcase set with 44 diamonds – 8.50 cts
Dial: Union jack dial set with 92 Sapphires (0.63 cts), 198 Rubies (1.48 cts) and 202 Ideal-cut diamonds (0.69 cts).
Crown: One Ideal Cut diamond “The Jewel in the Crown” – 0.12cts
Hands: Sword-shaped hands
Movement: Automatic movement
Display: Hours, minutes & seconds
Bracelet: Alligator leather strap
Buckle: 30 Ideal cut diamonds form a heart buckle – 0.48 cts.
Total Carats: Ideal Cut diamonds (2.20 carats)

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