SUMMONING THE FINEST BESPOKE SERVICES OF BACKES & STRAUSS
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 Backes & Strauss 'Royal Jester' is so named because of its circular theme, in the centre of which a sparkling routine is performed by our very own version of the jester in the form of a single, round, Brilliant diamond weighing an impressive 1.01 carats and officially certified as being of the finest D- colour.
Internally flawless and with 'excellent' symmetry, it further benefits from the signature Backes & Strauss Ideal Cut. Gaze deep inside the diamond with a special viewer, and the light will refract in the famous 'hearts and arrows' pattern which is the coveted sign of a stone which has been cut to perfect symmetry.
But 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.
A further 40 baguettes can be seen between the discreet, crimson hour and minute markers, which are ingeniously mounted on crystal discs to create the impression that they are simply floating, unconnected to any mechanism, in the great tradition of the mystery timekeeper.
In reality, they are driven by a superb mechanical movement with 36 hours of power reserve.