York to debut watches with historic legacy

By Hallie Engel

York will debut its Fort de Lippe Trilogy watch collection on November 1, at Munich Time 2013.

Named after a UNESCO world heritage site in Portugal, the collection was designed by His Highness York Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe as a tribute to his forefather, Count Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe. A leader in the war of 1762, the count ordered the construction of Fort de Nossa Senhora da Graça, which was later renamed Fort de Lippe in his honour.

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Featuring 18 carat rose gold, the three time pieces in the collection include the Fort de Lippe – Falcon Diamond with 3.2 ct white diamonds, the Fort de Lippe – Blue Heritage and the Fort de Lippe – Original. Each watch rests in a velvet-lined case of hand-hewn solid quartz-slate, created by the house of Kussmaul, a German design company. The unique shape of the case also reflects the architectural elements of the stone battlements found at Fort de Lippe and the inside lid features a plate engraved with the watch series numbers.

The numbered, limited editions will be made for nine collectors worldwide and will be personally presented by His Highness York Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe.The name and date of acquisition will also be commemorated on an engraved plate inside the case.

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