The Luxury of Personalisation

ideal cut diamond wristwatch

Personalisation may feel more commonplace than ever these days – everyone seems to have an embossed iphone case or Goyard tote, and meddle with another’s Spotify and Netflix playlist at your own peril. Watches too are now objects of self-expression, with engraved case backs now giving way to personalised internal bridges and mainplates. 

For Backes & Strauss, however, bespoke has always meant something more rarefied and unique. This has roots in its 230-year history and recalls a bygone era when kings and queens set the bar for what was true luxury. From a sumptuous gem-set parure wedding gift to a painstakingly enamelled, singing bird automaton clock, it was monarchs who commissioned the most exquisite works of art – seeking out top masters from lands far and wide.

Backes & Strauss' Unique Creations

Backes & Strauss still embraces this notion of bespoke today. Just consider two of its timepieces, commissioned by CEO Vartkess Knadjian: the Berkeley Emperor Tourbillon is a feat both inside and out, thanks to a custom made Franck Muller skeleton movement paired with over 1,000 hand selected, cut and polished diamonds. Meanwhile the dazzling Piccadilly Princess Royal Colours took months to perfect, as 225 stones were individually sourced and colour matched.

These two pieces are only a starting point for what Backes & Strauss can create for select customers. Clients tap into two centuries of diamond know-how, but also some very cool 21st century tech. Can’t envision how your individual watch will look and feel? 3D printers are on hand to produce physical prototypes that you can strap on and test. Worried that your bespoke case won’t quite fit with the rest of your watch? Computer numerical control machines ingeniously shape and carve gold, making sure everything fits to a tee.

Our Bespoke Services

Not that the human touch is lacking. Backes & Strauss’s bespoke service kicks off with a face-to-face visit at the House of Backes & Strauss in Mayfair, London, where you can bounce off your wildest design ideas with experts. Regular production updates then follow – including, say, progress on tracking down that super rare blue diamond which will make your masterpiece yours, and only yours. And finally, a presentation ceremony, complete with a book detailing each step, tops off the whole journey.