Monday, 13 December 2010

A GARRARD Belle Epoque Diamond wristwatch

A very delicate diamonds and platinum Belle Epoque watch by Garrard. It is set on a black silk strap, as it was usual in the beginning of the 20th century, which makes it look like a piece of lace and enhances the overall light of the stones. I find it one of the most beautiful ways to display "white" jewellery.

Garrard pride themselves as the oldest jewellery makers that still exists today. The house was appointed Crown Jewellers of London in 1721 and opened their premises in Mayfair in 1735. During the first world war, the company did no want to lose their skilled craftsmen and they decided to set up a manufacturing and engineering factory in England. This company continues today, but as a separate entity from the jewellery branch.

This watch will be auctioned by Sotheby's London on Dec 14th