The Harrods Princess - made exclusively for London famed luxury department store and crafted in Switzerland - is hand-set with 80 Gemfields Zambian emeralds and 241 natural diamonds for a total of 23.5 carats. It will be unveiled at Harrods in the Fine Watch Room for the Biennale des Antiquaires exhibition.
Gemfields is the leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones. Each Gemfields emerald has been carefully selected, and cut specifically for the Harrods Princess, ensuring depth and consistency of colour, combined with Backes & Strauss’ signature diamonds. Ian Harebottle, CEO, Gemfields said: “It gives me great pleasure to see our Zambian emeralds being used in such diverse ways and set by such fine craftsmen and who are so clearly able to showcase the inherent value contained within each and every gemstone.
The 37mm white gold case is set with 28 Ideal Cut diamonds to match the dial, made of 144 Ideal Cut diamonds, 12 Gemfields Baguette Cut Zambian emeralds and Mother of Pearl. The bracelet has been created from a series of hand-crafted links adorned with a further 136 diamonds and emeralds, alone weighing 18.6 carats.
The watch is powered by an automatic movement displaying the hours, minutes and seconds.
A part of the Princess collection, the Harrods Princess 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. “We are absolutely delighted to be collaborating with Gemfields. Backes & Strauss uses only the finest natural conflict free diamonds and it was of the utmost importance for us to find an equally discerning partner. Their Zambian emeralds are among the finest responsibly sourced coloured gemstones and the perfect complement to create the Harrods Princess. ” commented Vartkess Knadjian, CEO, Backes & Strauss.