Introducing: The Backes & Strauss Berkeley Emperor Brilliant Tourbillon

From the world’s oldest diamond company comes a new breathtaking timepiece. The London based brand enriches its horology section with – The Backes & Strauss Berkeley Emperor Tourbillon. Since 2006, and the beginning of the partnership with the Franck Muller group, the company has produced some truly memorable pieces of art. The two have often made watches so exclusive with only a few of them in the series. The new creation continues that legacy as itis  produced in only 2 unique pieces: one available in rose gold and the other in white gold. Later this year the collection will be expanded with 2 new watches, both invisibly set with Baguette diamonds on the case.

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The English brand has issued a super limited series with only 2 pieces with one being a white gold…


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….while the second timepiece has a rose gold casing


The new timepiece is a part of one of the company’s flagship collections, the Berkeley. The series itself is inspired by one of the London’s most fascinating squares which is of great importance to the English brand. Designed in 18th century by architect William Kent, its gardens feature historic London plane trees. Among the oldest in the central London, they were planted in 1789, the year the Backes & Strauss started trading.

This 602 diamond watch is the brand’s first wristwatch made with a special customized hand-winding skeleton tourbillon caliber. It features a 45mm 18k rose or white gold case decorated with 2 rows of white diamonds. The stunning tourbillon is placed in a specialized frame embellished by Backes & Strauss’s trademark arrows pattern, inspired by the arrows motif noticeable when viewing a perfect cut diamond from above the crown. The frame accommodating the complication completes one rotation every one minute. The other frame, which holds the customized manual-winding caliber, is connected to the case via “anchors”. Found at 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 o’clock position, they are equipped with specially-cut tapered diamonds.

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The inner frame which holds the movement is connected to the case with small bridges or “anchors”


The central inner frame which features the same design as the case is decorated with Baguette-Cut diamonds. Another great visual feature is the polished diamond in profile placed at 12 o’clock. As mentioned before, the dial has skeleton form and is adorned with diamonds. Looking at it we notice the sword-shaped hands with superwhite luminova which show hours and minutes. Underneath the diamond landscape is the bespoke hand-winding skeleton tourbillon movement which enables 72 hours of power reserve. The watch is available on a black or brown alligator leather strap with matching gold buckle. The two additional versions will feature a special diamond-set bracelet and an alligator leather strap.

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In the spirit of Backes & Strauss, the timepiece features a lot of diamonds, exactly 602 of them!


The world’s oldest and one of the most prestigious diamond companies has once again showed its expertise and knowledge when it comes to the working with diamonds. With Backes & Strauss focused on design and Franck Muller Group on mechanism, the successful partnership has once again resulted in a memorable timepiece. The Backes & Strauss Berkeley Emperor Brilliant Tourbillon is so sophisticated, it is considered to be an authentic masterpiece both inside and out that will have no problem finding its way to collectors.


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