Gold, silver, steel and 25 rubies — such is the Victory Watch created after the design sketches by Theo Fabergé, grandson of the ‘Great Carl’ Fabergé (click pictures to enlarge them).
On July 24, 2018, the Victory Watch became yet another great gift to Tsarskoe Selo from the St Petersburg Collection. Handed over personally by Mr Philip Birkenstein, Chairman of the St Petersburg Collection (below), in the WWI Museum at the Martial Chamber of Tsarskoe Selo, this Victory Sports Watch is a subtle reminder of all the momentous moments of Victory and the ending of immense suffering of World War One in 1918.
The fully automatic time piece with a solid sterling silver patterned bezel has Serial No. 25, celebrating St Petersburg Collections’ 25th Anniversary of bringing Collectors and Friends to St Petersburg.
The red, white and blue details on the time piece show the colours of the Allied Nations. Red are the watch hands, the presentation egg and the enamel winder, serving as a reminder of the poppy fields of Flanders. The watch has a blue metallic face, blue ostrich bands, a white engine-turned dial and a white stainless steel case. The Victory Watch is a collector’s edition of 100 only, in a fully handmade presentation case with a certificate of authenticity.
Starting in 1999, the St Petersburg Collection has been a great supporter of Tsarskoe Selo helping us regain a number of valuable artefacts for the Alexander Palace, including a chair from the Semi-Circular Hall, a firewood box from Nicholas II’s Reception Room, several multilayer glass vases, dolls and board games of the early twentieth century, historical clothes of the late nineteenth–early twentieth century, some jewelry and household items.
Among the earlier gifts from Mr Birkenstein and St Petersburg Collection to our Museum were Theo Fabergé’s Tsarskoe Selo Egg in 2010 and Amber Egg in 2017.