Within the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum is a gold watch, which is richly decorated with colorful champlevé enamel flowers. Made in 1645 in western Europe, this luxurious timepiece was “modernized” with an updated movement about 1750. Our elegant watch is based on the original.
Produced in cooperation with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
24K gold overlay, hand enameled, with a mother-of-pearl dial. Quartz movement. Lobster claw closure. Case: 1 1/4'' diam.; chain: 31''L.
- 24K gold overlay
- Mother-of-pearl dial
- Quartz movement
- Hand enameled
- Case: 1 1/4'' diam.Chain: 31''L
- Lobster claw closure
Art HistoryThe watch, a device for timekeeping made to be carried or worn on the person, was probably developed in Italy sometime around 1500 or a few years earlier. By 1600, two varieties of watches were well established in western Europe: the watch that was primarily a piece of jewelry that incidentally told the time, and the watch that was primarily a source of information about the time of day, the day of the month, or even the phase of the moon.