This year’s Baselworld saw the introduction of a truly magnificent piece in its own category of class and excellence – rightfully given as an example of “mechanical luxury for gentlemen”.
The Roland Iten Diablo R60 belt buckle is an accessory that any respectable contemporary man must come to possess in order to appreciate the added value of a 60.66 carat diamond on an everyday item. The item is a seamless fusion of state-of-the-art mechanics with the pinnacle of haute joaillerie in the face of the exceptionally rare orange-brown (“cognac”), modified kite-shaped brilliant diamond.
Thanks to a unique calibre beneath it – the stone is clearly visible in a subtle display of quality and worth without being too flashy or overwhelming. The designer’s intention in crafting a male accessory that makes a statement on its own was clear in the making of this fine example of mechanical perfection.
The high-performance, mechanical belt buckle is calibrated beautifully to match the everlasting beauty of the Diablo diamond with a clean and cut chassis that enables easy adjustment of the leather strap to a maximum length of 22 mm. What makes the smooth mechanisms even more spectacular is the fact that they’re all clearly visible high-clarity cognac diamond, providing a unique blend of blend of art and engineering, utility and aesthetics.
Apart from the craftsmanship that has gone in the making of this stunning accessory, the gem itself is a true work of art (and nature). Its extremely rare natural colour coupled with its history that can be traced back 160 years add considerable value to the one of the world’s largest and most striking diamonds. An official price for the piece still hasn’t been announced, but we can only guess it’s going to match its uncanny construction and uniqueness with Roland Iten’s collectors buckles reaching prices in the region of £350,000 – for his signature Calibre R822 “Predator” model.