Backes & Strauss – The Royal Jester

The Backes & Strauss ‘Royal Jester’ is a bespoke watch series.

The Jester (court jester, or fool) was an important appointment in many royal courts during the medieval and Renaissance eras. His role was considered vital to the smooth running of the royal court, his humorous antics were often seen as the fruit of divine inspiration and his position was one of privilege.

The watch is so named because of its circular theme, in the centre of which a sparkling routine is performed by its very own version of the jester in the form of a single, round, Brilliant diamond weighing above 1.01 carats in either the finest colourless or natural coloured diamonds.

But the magnificent ‘jester’ diamond is not the only amusing aspect of this small and very special line of watches, each of which will be a bespoke piece with a different central stone – choose from the afore mentioned diamond, or indulge in courtly colours with a central stone of intense blue, intense pink or fancy vivid yellow. Around the outside of the case, there are a further 80 diamonds weighing 10.50 carats, with the dial being masterfully invisibly set with two rows of baguettes weighing 2.4 carats. Each distinctive timepiece has a single diamond hand set in the crown, the Backes & Strauss signature “Jewel in the Crown”.

A further 40 baguettes (0.85 carat) can be seen between the discreet, crimson hour and minute markers, which are ingeniously mounted on crystal discs to create the impression that they are simply floating, unconnected to any mechanism, in the great tradition of the mystery timekeeper.
These timepieces are driven by a superb mechanical movement with 36 hours of power reserve.

Technical details

18-carat white gold case set with 80 diamonds – 10.50cts
Size: 40 mm
Crown: One ideal-cut diamond “the Jewel in the Crown” – 0.06 carat

– Centre stone: Ideal-Cut Hearts & Arrows Diamond 1.01 carats
Colour: D
Clarity: Internally Flawless
Grading report: GIA (Gemmological Institute of America)
– Cluster of 40 Baguettes set in 2 rows all individually polished and set invisibly, total 2.41 carats surrounding the centre stone
– Hour marker: Red hour markers covered with crystal glass
– 40 Baguettes diamonds set – 0.85 carat set between the Minute and hour marker
– 40 Baguettes diamonds set – 0.95 carat surrounding the Minute marker

Mechanical movement with 36 hours of power reserve

Hours and minutes

Alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18-carat white gold deployant buckle or ardillon buckle set with 30 Ideal-cut diamonds
Water resistant to 30 meters

Ideal-Cut Round brilliant diamonds: 2 1.07 carats
Baguette diamonds: 200 14.71carats
Total Carats: 202 diamonds 15.78 carats

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