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René Boivin “Fishscale" Bracelet Watch


The creative women at Maison René Boivin designed together throughout the 1930s, resulting in a limited production of exquisite, original jewels, like this diamond "Fishscale" bracelet watch. As a team, they created instantly recognizable works of stylized abstraction, inspired by their love of the nature’s forms from sea, land and sky. Seamlessly concealing a small watch, the arched band of rose-cut diamonds set in gold creates a scintillating and beautifully-engineered ornament for the wrist.

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Item #: W-19375
Artist: René Boivin, Paris 
Country: France
Circa: 1937
Size: 5.5” internal circumference; 0.5" diameter watch face
Materials: 252 Rose-, old mine-, old European-, and table-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 42.25 carats); 18K Gold; Watch movement by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Signed: “René Boivin” maker’s mark and French control marks
Literature: Bracelet of this design, set with diamonds, is seen in René Boivin Jeweller, by Mme Françoise Cailles, London: Quartet Books, 1994, p. 197 and, p. 285.

The “Fishscale” diamond bracelet’s soft and supple feel derives from its superb construction of precisely articulated hinges, a technical feat and lost art.