Backes & Strauss debut with their very first limited edition show stealer called the The Regent 1609 AD. The watch pays tribute to English astronomer Thomas Harriett who made the first drawings of the moon, before Galileo. I think it gets full marks for its breathtaking design and precise detailing. The watch showcases an original and luxurious moon phase indicator, which presents a representation of a 17-star constellation, depicted in round brilliant diamonds and the watches sparkle with diamonds set in 18k gold cases shaped to accentuate the multifaceted gems’ play of light. That shouldn’t come as a surprise as Backes & Strauss is famed for being the world’s oldest diamond company and till now every watch made by them has had at least one diamond, set by hand into the crown.
It will be officially launched in October 2008, till then you can check it out at Harrods Fine Jewellery in London. The Regent 1609 AD is surely going to be one hell of an exclusive watch with only 219 models being made in two sizes and should be available in different diamond combinations for nothing less than $34,000.