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Oldest Diamond Company’s Clocks ‘Pop-Up’ at Harrods Fine Watch Room

Oldest Diamond Company’s Clocks ‘Pop-Up’ at Harrods Fine Watch Room

The world’s oldest diamond company is showcasing its specialties in one of the newest ways — at a gallery on the go!

This month at the Fine Watch Room of Harrods, Backes & Strauss is featuring some of its opulent originals at a pop-up exhibition.  Several pieces from the historic Backes & Strauss Victoria and Princess Collections are on view.


The Harrods Princess pièce unique is the centerpiece of it all.  This one-of-a-kind clock, hand-set with 80 Gemfields Zambian emeralds and 241 natural diamonds, was crafted exclusively for the Harrods Biennale des Antiquaires Jewellery Exhibition.

Crafted in Switzerland, the Harrod’s Princess’s white gold case is set with Ideal Cut diamonds, matching the dial, and has a beautifully engineered bracelet created from a series of hand-crafted links adorned with a further 136 diamonds and emeralds, alone weighing 18.6 carats.


It draws its inspiration from the Blue Velvet suite and the Red Rose drawing room at Carlton House, the palatial London residence of the Prince Regent, gifted to him in 1783 by his father, George III, to mark his coming of age.

But that watch is just one of the exhibit’s wonders.

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All the way at the back of the temporary exhibition is an impressive flower clock, designed after the floral Victoria Collection.

Like every single Backes & Strauss timepiece, the clock is inspired from “L’horloge fleurie” in Geneva, Switzerland, and is composed of red and white roses… a tribute to the brand’s English heritage as it marks its 200th years of presence in London.


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