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1920s Vacheron & Constantin Platinum 20 Carat Diamond Cuff Bracelet Watch

Documentation Signed
Origin Switzerland
Period 1900-1949
Materials Platinum & Diamond
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 1920
Description Vacheron Constantin | A Fine and Platinum and Pave Diamond Set Bracelet Watch, designed by Filippo Chiappe

Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
Year: 1927
Case No: 405'967
Material: Platinum and Diamonds
Carat weight: 14.5 carats Diamond
Calibre: Mechanical, 18 jewels
Bracelet/Strap: Platinum and diamond-set bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length
Clasp/Buckle: Platinum and diamond-set concealed folding clasp
Dimensions: 14.7 mm. width
Signed: Movement and dial signed, case signed CHIAPPE
Accessories: With Vacheron Constantin fitted presentation box

The present watch, a 14.5 carat Pave diamond and French Cut lugged classical styled l circa 1920s Filippo Chiappe and Vacheron and Constantin timepiece is an incredibly fine and luxurious cuff bracelet watch featuring scissor-cut and transitional-cut pave and French cut diamonds, which are set incredibly closely together and extremely difficult to set. The hinges are very fluid, attesting to the superior craftsmanship of this bracelet watch.

Particularly during the 1920s and 1930s, Vacheron Constantin created movements and dials of the highest quality, and sent them to specific retailers and case makers to be fitted onto the most lavish specially commissioned cases and bracelets such as represented by the current example where Vacheron and Constantin co-created the present timepiece with famous Italian Designer, Filippo Chiappe.

Filippo Chiappe, (1863-1936) was considered to be the most important Italian jeweler designer of his time. He studied jewelry at the Academy of Arts in Massa, Italy and then traveled to Alger and Paris to perfect his skills and founded his own firm on the Via Roma.His designs are considered the most famous because they represented classical and traditional creations which gained worldwide recognition from the Italian Royal House. Today, his nephews run the firm still which is currently located on the via XX Settembre.

This important jewelry atelier workshop was appointed court jeweler to the Savoy House and official supplier to the Italian Royal family in 1913. As the jewelry firm selected by the Italian Royal House, they were known to be one of the most famous Italian Jewelers workshops of their time. Filippo Chiappe has only produced a very limited number of creations as he was exclusively working for the Italian Royal family which is why so few pieces exist today. Chiappe was frequently commissioned as the designer of choice for the gifts and presents of the wedding of Carlo Raggio and Marhioness Tea Spinola and the prince and princess of the Italian court. Also interesting, Chiappe was also a famous client, himself of Vacheron and Constantin as he was also a pocket watch collector and frequently asked the Vacheron and Constantin workshop to produce specialty complicated creations for his own personal collection. Most likely, a starting point for how this relationship led to the creations of there present timepiece being offered today.

The present piece demonstrates Chiappe's classical design concepts by the geometric shapes that are presented along the pave diamond set platinum bracelet.
The use of French cut diamonds to create the lugs on either side of the diamond face add greater depth to the design and classical effect that Filippo Chiappe was best known for. The present timepiece serves as one of his most iconic creations given his famed background for creating classical concepts within jewelry at this time as well as a benchmark for period for the the collaboration between Vacheron and Constantin and Chiappe's workshop.

One of Chiappe's most recent notable pieces was a tiara for the Noble Genoese family which sold at auction for 500,000 Swiss Francs in April 2012
Gemstones Diamond
Metals Platinum
Styles / Movements Artist Jewelry, Fine Jewelry, Signed Pieces
Incollect Reference Number 284627
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