The use of fantasy portable timepieces can be traced back to the early 15th century when noble families and rulers commissioned pocket watches to adorn their garments. Known as form watches or fantasy watches, these alluring timekeepers were conceived to combine the functionality of a watch with the sumptuousness of a jewel. There were no limits to the creativity of watch makers who could choose from a wide range of symbolic form casings such as fruits, flowers, blossoms, animals, musical instruments (like the present mandolin form watch). The lavish enamelling and precious decoration conceal the watch and make it an attractive personal adornment. The specialist knowledge of the artisans is recognizable in the ornamental precision of the engraving, embossing, enamelling techniques and the attention to the smallest details, such as the braided gold wires which represent strings of musical instruments. Worn around the neck, carried in pockets or used as brooches, the form watches were an attractive portable timekeeper for ladies and gentlemen of a certain social status and became fashionable especially during the last quarter of the 18th century and retained their popularity through the 19th century.