Saturday, 4 June 2011

This delicate fob watch was made by Tiffany & Co in 1909 in the purest Belle Epoque fashion. The beautiful outer case is decorated in white and purple guilloche enamel and a diamond set floral pattern. The  internal movement is signed by Patek Phillipe and recorded in their archives.

Tiffany & Co was founded in 1837 by Charles Tiffany and he run it until 1902 when his son, Louis Confort Tiffany took over the management of the company and the creative design of their pieces then reached the golden period. He developed an Art Nouveau inspired concept but in a particular American style and he has become famous for his fondness of american gemstones like the Montana Sapphires and moonstone combinations. This watch, designed more in the style of his father, although he had passed away seven years before it was produced, seems like a transition piece and a tribute to his predecessor.

It is featured at Christie's London for the June 8th auction.