Vintage Gold and Lapis Lady’s Wrist Watch by Chopard
A very rare vintage abstract lapis lazuli watch bracelet by Chopard. The large oval lapis lazuli dial with yellow gold Dauphine hands, framed within a lozenge-shaped textured yellow gold bezel and set upon an integrated matching oval link bracelet. Length 17 cm (=6.7 inches), width 5.5 cm (=2.2 inches). Signed and numbered. Circa 1970s.
The House of Chopard started life as watchmaking firm and took on making Fine jewellery later. Louis-Ulysse Chopard (1836-1915) was the son of a Swiss farmer, but by the age of 24 he had established his own reputation as a formidable watchmaker. Like his watches, the Maison’s founder, was reliable and precise. These qualities aided his firm to be appointed official watch providers for ’Tir Federal’ and the Swiss Railway Company. Together with these prestigious Swiss official patrons, Chopard also supplied watches across Eastern Europe before the First World War, with Tsar Nicholas II of Russia being a top client.
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