As the name suggests, the Backes & Strauss Piccadilly Princess ‘Royal Colours’ is a lady’s cocktail watch bedecked in a variety of spectacular stones which reflect all the colours of the rainbow – and more.
No two examples of the Piccadilly Princess Royal Colours will be alike, nor can they be – because each watch is created using a unique hand-picked selection of white and fancy-coloured diamonds which are individually set to create an unrepeatable, one-off pattern.
Starting with a simple, 18 carat white gold case, the watch is created by hand-setting ‘royal colours’ diamonds of no fewer than 66 different colour hues and 10 different cuts on the dial, case and bracelet. Combining the various cuts (Baguette, Cushion, Marquise, Oval, Pear, Princess, Ascher, Emerald, Heart and Round Brilliant Cut) creates an impression of a piece that has been formed by a happy coincidence of nature, almost as if diamonds had been casually scattered across the watch.
But closer inspection reveals that each of the 225 stones – one to mark every year since Backes & Strauss was founded – has been set in a process taking hundreds of hours of our master craftsmen.
Case: 18 carat White Gold case set with Natural Coloured Diamonds
22 diamonds – 9.04 carats
Dial: Set with White and Natural Coloured diamonds
65 diamonds – 3.37 carats
Hands: Sword-shaped hands
Display: Hours and minutes
Bracelet: Jewellery Bracelet in White Gold set with White and Natural Coloured Diamonds
138 diamonds – 26.28 carats
Total carats: 225 diamonds – 38.69 carats