Backes & Strauss Empress Rose

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Product Details
Case Size: 32x36 mm
Color: enamelled
Material: gold
Manufacturer: Backes & Strauss
Movement: quartz
Shape: oval
Strap / Bracelet: diamond


Heralded as an Empress, Queen Victoria is today celebrated as the unshakable symbol of youthful sovereignty. At only 18 years of age, Queen Victoria began her ruling as Queen of England. From the portrait of Queen Victoria at age 14 dressed in Royal jewels and a floral rose motif to her coronation diadem garnished with diamond bouquets of rose, the famous ‘Rose of England’ came to be the leitmotif of Queen Victoria’s purity and strength during her long reign.

At the time of Queen Victoria’s reign, the city of Geneva was experiencing an artistic Renaissance which gave fruit to skills and craftsmanship that were to set a precedence in jewellery and watchmaking. With its vivid colours and unrivalled technique, Swiss enamelling came to represent the new pinnacle of adorning the world’s Royalty . Founded in 1835, Millenet established an unprecedented know-how in this art form which was, and still is today, reserved exclusively as an ultimate luxury for high end watches.

The dial of the Empress Rose, is the result of hundreds of hours of Millenet enamelling craftsmanship. On the dial of this jewellery timepiece, the rose motif was hand engraved into the gold. Then, the leaves and petals of the rose were precisely cut out and then covered by a grey gold gold-leaf. The leaves and petals were then filled by a green enamel and pinks of 5 different colour hues.

In a Meeting of Masters between the Master enamellers and the Master diamond polishers and setters, this luxury watch was then set with three different cuts of finest quality diamonds. Like the diamonds found on Queen Victoria’s iconic crown, the round brilliant, modified square emerald cuts and pear-shaped diamonds are carefully placed to scintillate in perfect harmony. With a border of round brilliant-cut diamonds, the flower motif of the bracelet renders this diamond watch an exceptional creation which, like the resounding allure of the Empress herself, is eternal.



Size: 32x36 mm
Case: 18kt White Gold, 2 pear shaped diamonds (E/VVS), 2.03cts and 14 different cut diamonds bordered with round-brilliant diamonds
Dial: Gold, hand engraved & enamelled with Grand Feu technique
Bracelet: 52 pear shaped diamonds, 22 square emerald cut diamonds, 7.97cts and more than 500 round brilliant diamonds bordering the bracelet
Display: Hours & Minutes
Total carats: 608 Diamonds, different cuts - 30.03cts

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