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French Art Nouveau Rose Diamond Zig Zag Enamel Pendant Lapel Pocket Watch – 1880

Metal: Yellow Gold,Enamel
Stone: Diamond,Ruby
Stone Cut: Rose Cut
Dimensions: Height: 35 mm (1.38 in)Width: 30 mm (1.19 in)
Style: Art Nouveau
Place of Origin: France
Period: Mid-19th Century
Date of Manufacture: 1880s
Condition: Good

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Introducing a remarkable art piece from the Art Nouveau era in France during the 1880s. This incredible pendant lapel pocket watch is crafted in gold and features a unique "sun ray" motif with a hand-cut rose cut diamond at the center. The watch showcases the iconic zig zag guilloche enamel pattern, which is notoriously difficult to execute, especially in vibrant red hues. The intricate design and impeccable craftsmanship make this timepiece a true work of art.

During the 19th century, enameling became a highly sought-after art form, requiring the collaboration of master watchmakers and enamellers. The process involved creating smaller movements and intricately carved cases to accommodate the enamel. The intense heat required for vibrant red hues presented a challenge for the artisans. The present example perfectly demonstrates their skill in achieving such vibrant reds with the zig zag pattern radiating outwards.

What sets this pendant watch apart from others of its time is the addition of a hand-cut rose cut diamond. This suggests that it was commissioned for a discerning client, as gem-setting a watch required additional planning, time, and cost. The enamel dial is hand-painted, with delicate gold fancy hour and minute hands and an outer minute marker system, showcasing the attention to detail and craftsmanship of the piece.

The pendant watch is serial numbered and hallmarked, reflecting its high quality and authenticity. It is also accompanied by a high-grade nickel movement and is in perfect working condition. The versatility of this piece allows it to be worn in various styles, whether as a pendant on a necklace, a brooch on a jacket lapel, or any other creative way one chooses to showcase this exquisite timepiece.

Metal: Yellow Gold,Enamel
Stone: Diamond,Ruby
Stone Cut: Rose Cut
Dimensions: Height: 35 mm (1.38 in)Width: 30 mm (1.19 in)
Style: Art Nouveau
Place of Origin: France
Period: Mid-19th Century
Date of Manufacture: 1880s
Condition: Good

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