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Rare Chopard & Kutchinsky 1970s 18kt YG Lapis Pave Diamond Set Dial Wristwatch

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Origin Switzerland
Period 1900-1949
Materials 18kt Yellow Gold, Pave Diamond Dial, Lapis Bezel. Techniques Include : Hand Carved Lapis & Diamond Setting.
Dimensions
W. 18 mm; L. 160 mm; Diam. 18 mm;
Condition Excellent. The Chopard wristwatch is original & in perfect working condition.Sharp signatures to Case, Clasp, Crown & Movement. No Chips or Discoloration.The watch has also been cleaned & serviced.
Creation Date 1970s
Description The name Kutchinsky is not very well known in the jewelry world in the US, but it should be. The firm of Kutchinsky in London has produced beautiful and very high-quality jewelry since the 1890's, although they are best known for pieces produced from the 1930's on. They have been called "the David Webb of London". The firm is a very old one. They existed in Poland for a very long time, and they were very prestigious there, where they had made jewelry for King Ludwig of Bavaria.

Joseph Kutchinsky was born in 1914, the youngest of four children. His grandfather had emigrated from Poland with his family and started a jewelry company in London's East End. Joseph left school when he was only 14 to enter the family jewelry business - he was, at this young age, already a proficient diamond cutter. He was smart in addition to being talented, and was quickly put in charge of the firm's production of platinum and diamond watches. He was ambitious, and quickly progressed to more important positions.
In addition to his skills as a jeweler, Joseph also had an engaging personality, and realized that both quality and good service were essential to the growth and prosperity of the company. He was an excellent salesman, an invaluable asset to Kutchinsky. Joseph married in 1940, just before going off to fight in World War two. When the war over, he returned to the family business.

When he returned to the business, there was much to do to re-build after the war. He was among the first jewelers in London to work with platinum, which increased the popularity of their fine jewelry. Late in the 1950's, due to the decline of London's East End, Joseph made the decision to relocate the business to the more prestigious area of Kinghtsbridge, and they were a great success. They designed and produced very stylish jewelry in gold set with diamonds and precious stones, and also in platinum and diamonds. After completing their education, Joseph's sons Roger and Paul joined the business, and Kutchinsky was enjoying ever-increasing popularity and prestige. One especially lucrative aspect of their business was export, particularly to the Middle East where pieces of ornate materials and hard stone would be especially implemented into their various firm's design concepts.

Unfortunately, things changed after the invasion of Kuwait and the ensuing war, and Kutchinsky was now faced serious financial problems. The business was eventually sold to another important London jeweler , Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd. In 1991, and Joseph retired soon after.

As a result, few pieces exist today. The relationship between the famous designer Kutchinsky and Chopard is one that is very seldomly exposed as so few collaborative works have ever been produced and remain today. Chopard at this time was first becoming famous in the 1970s as their invented "Happy Diamond" concept was being introduced. Prior to, Chopard only produced a limited number of wristwatches and there are only a few examples of the two firms working together. The present watch is extremely unique and has never been mass produced. It was most probably a private commission for a client in the middle east as the firm began to expand internationally in the early 70s.




Watch Case Measurements: 18mm across x 30m (top/down)
Bracelet Length: 175mm
Weight: 44 grams
Thickness: 8mm
Gemstones Diamond, Lapis Lazuli
Metals Yellow Gold
Gender Ladies'
Styles / Movements Artist Jewelry, Rare Jewels, Signed Pieces
Incollect Reference Number 211803
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