The white rose has historically been used in liturgical symbolism where white is the symbol of light, typifying innocence and purity, joy and glory.
Conversely, Charlemagne's court exploited the red rose as a perfume, and it was also appreciated for its medical value and was utilized in countless medical remedies. The two contrasting symbols clashed in historical battle at the famous Wars of the Roses in a bid for control over two branches of the same royal lineage.
Our chief women’s timepiece pays tribute to the iconic flower, and a British emblem as old as the fourteenth century. Bearing a white face and beautiful rose-gold framing it evokes both the flower of romance and the history of Britain associated with it.