This year, Backes & Strauss is pushing the boundaries of High Jewellery pieces releasing the ultimate diamond watch: the Royal Jester.
In days of old, the jester was no fool. A key member of a ruler's inner circle, his role was considered vital to the smooth running of the royal court, his humorous antics were often seen as the fruit of divine inspiration and his position was one of privilege. He was even required to criticise his master.
The magnificent 'jester' diamond is not the only amusing aspect of this small and very special line of watches, each of which will be a bespoke piece with a different central stone - choose from the aforementioned diamond, or indulge in courtly colours with a central stone of intense blue, intense pink or fancy vivid yellow.
Around the outside of the case, there are a further 80 diamonds, with the dial being masterfully invisibly set with two rows of baguettes weighing 2.4 carats.