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    Sale 7634

    The London Sale: Jewels

    10 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 122

    A LADY'S BELLE EPOQUE DIAMOND WRISTWATCH

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    A LADY'S BELLE EPOQUE DIAMOND WRISTWATCH
    The tonneau-shaped cream dial with black Roman numerals and blued-steel hands within a rose-cut diamond surround and openwork tulip shouders to the silver grosgrain ribbon strap and diamond-set buckle deployant clasp, mechanical movement, circa 1915, dial 1.6 cm wide, with French assay mark for platinum
    With maker's mark for Edmond Jaeger, signed No. 16863 and 8655


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    Edmond Jaeger (1850-1922) was the principal supplier of watches to Cartier, who signed a contract with Jaeger in 1907 giving them exclusive rights to his output. In 1909 Cartier and Jaeger were the first to create the buckle deployant clasp, which was considered more practical than the traditional watch strap.

    While this watch is not signed by Cartier, all the other characteristics point to it being made by them, including the tonneau-shaped dial with delicate tulip shoulders and the recently invented buckle deployant clasp, numbers to the reverse and the maker's mark of Edmond Jaeger clearly seen on the side of the watch as well as on the clasp.

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