At a petite 28mm diameter, this watch was designed around 118 round brilliant and baguette diamonds recommissioned from a pair of the client’s earrings. Set in 18ct white gold, they now surround a remastered manual wind IWC calibre 96 movement from the 1940s.
The scarce IWC calibre 96 was selected for its design and engineering, with plates and layout which perfectly span the bridge between beauty and durability. Early IWC watch movements held their own with some of the finest watch houses in their day. During the remastering process, the Struthers restored and improved the original Swiss lever calibre to run with 19 jewels, created an 18ct white gold dial and concealed secret engraving underneath known only to the watchmakers and owner.
Only one watch of this type will ever be made.
Case - 18ct white gold and 118 diamonds
Strap - black lizard with 18ct white gold diamond set buckle
Dial - in 18ct white gold, crafted in-house and printed in the UK
Movement - modified IWC calibre 96 with secret engraving hidden under the dial
For more information on the making of this bespoke project, please view the gallery below;