Monday, February 29, 2016

Backes & Strauss - The Princess Elizabeth

Backes & Strauss announces the Princess Elizabeth, the first of two very unique pieces which celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The main feature of the Princess Elizabeth is its extraordinary dial, depicting Princess Elizabeth’s youthful profile.
The gold dial has been hand-engraved by Backes & Strauss’ master engraver and enamelled using the Grand Feu technique with “XC” at twelve o’ clock. It is interesting to note that this process uses the English Blythe enamel, applied over various layers at 900 degrees Celsius. The temperature is rigorously controlled to achieve a royal purple hue, a skill for which the enameller requires decades of experience to perfect. The second piece, the Queen Elizabeth, will be unveiled at a special event in October to be held in Japan.
Technical details
Size: 37 mm
Case: 28 diamonds – 3.95 cts
Dial: XC at 12 o’ Clock, Portrait of Princess Elizabeth II: Grand Feu enamelling technique using English Blythe Enamel
Crown: One Ideal Cut diamond “The Jewel in the Crown” - 0.09 cts
Hands: Sword-shaped hands with superwhite luminova
Movement: Automatic movement
Display: Hours, minutes & seconds
Strap: Jewellery bracelet set with 136 diamonds – 18.57 cts
Total Carats: 165 diamonds – 22.61 cts

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