Backes & Strauss, the oldest diamond company in the world, launches the second generation of its sophisticated and dandy Earl of Strauss collection; the Earl of Strauss Brilliant. In a dazzling synergy, this snow-white masterpiece marries together the unrivalled heritage and know-how of Backes Strauss, Masters of Diamonds with Franck Muller, Master of Complications.
This horological masterpiece boasts 535 round brilliant Ideal Cut diamonds (2.42 cts) and a bespoke movement of which the bridge in the back has been set with 167 white Ideal Cut diamonds (0.75 cts).
Paying homage to the company’s co-founding father the Earl of Strauss Brilliant reflects the confidence and engaging nature of Max Strauss. With ‘strauss’ appropriately being the German word for ostrich, Max Strauss set out to become a precursor and a reference within the diamond industry, taking the company across the Globe within no time at all.
The ostrich trademark present on the balance wheel not only highlights Max Strauss’ unique vision but also serves as a reminder of the rich heritage and pioneering essence of the world’s oldest diamond company. With each part of this exquisite bejewelled timepiece, from the round case and dial through the bridge and buckle to the Backes & Strauss signature Jewel in the Crown, we discover a myriad of meticulously-set round brilliant Ideal Cut diamonds, distinctive and awe-inspiring in their design and composition; just like John Nash’s architectural masterpieces. In a meeting between the beauty of the design and the inner workings of this watch, the movement of the Earl of Strauss Brilliant is partly skeletonised. Not only does this expose the alluring architectural inspiration behind the timepiece, but also the beauty in the precision of time.
Model: EARL OF STRAUSS BRILLIANT
Dial: Fully set with 367 white Ideal Cut diamonds, 1.61 cts
Hands: Sword-shaped hands with super white luminova
Crown: 1 white Ideal Cut diamond, 0.06 cts
Movement: Mechanical movement with date and power reserve 120h; bridge on the back set with 167 white Ideal Cut diamonds, 0.75 cts
Display: Hours, minutes and seconds
Bracelet: Alligator leather
Total carats: 2.42 cts