The Princess range of watches has long formed part of the core of the Backes & Strauss collection, blurring the lines between timekeeper and jewel with its beautifully engineered bracelets, which are so soft and supple that they almost challenge the wearer to believe that they are made from diamonds - the hardest substance known to man.
And now, as more petite, ultra-elegant cocktail watches make a long-awaited return to the female wrist, the Princess is joined by the Duchess, an all-new design in the Backes & Strauss line-up, which features a smaller, slimmer case and an equally tactile bracelet made from three rows of carefully selected diamonds instead of four.
In keeping with the standard set by the Princess, however, the bracelet of every Duchess watch features links, which are individually made by hand, and every diamond is set in the typical, meticulous style which is the trademark of Backes & Strauss - and which makes the Duchess as much a pleasure to wear as it is to hold and to behold.
The Duchess will be available either as a fully diamond-set watch or in Red Rose, Emerald Green and Blue Velvet variations, each name referring to whether the central row of the bracelet is respectively set with rubies, emeralds of sapphires to complement the 134 glittering diamonds on either side, which amount to more than 16 carats. The cases of the Duchess, meanwhile, will be available in white or rose gold, hand-set with Backes & Strauss’ Ideal-Cut white diamonds.