Limited to 1 piece
Size: 37 mm
Movement: Automatic, Platinum Rotor
Case: 18kt White Gold, 28 diamonds, 3.95cts
Dial: XC at 12 o’clock, portrait of Princess Elizabeth II: Grand Feu enamelling technique using English Blythe Enamel
Bracelet: 136 diamonds, 18.57cts
Crown: The Jewel in the Crown, 0.09cts
Display: Hour & Minutes
Total carats: 165 diamonds, 22.61cts
All brilliant cut diamonds set on Backes & Strauss are Ideal Cut diamonds unless stated otherwise.
The Princess Elizabeth timepiece is the first of two very unique pieces that Backes & Strauss has crafted in 2016 to 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.