A diamond-set 'fan' wristwatch, by Boucheron,
Lot 67
A diamond-set 'fan' wristwatch, by Boucheron,
Sold for £3,360 (US$ 5,647) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A diamond-set 'fan' wristwatch, by Boucheron, circa 1940
The concave, flaring bezel decorated with old brilliant-cut diamonds, inset with a square dial at right angles to the wrist, on a highly articulated hexagonal-link strap, fastened by a buckle-shaped clasp decorated with similarly cut stones, diamonds approximately 1.00 carat, signed Boucheron Paris, French assay marks, length 17.7cm.


  • From 1937 Louis Boucheron created many innovative wristwatches, including the 'fan', the 'ball', the 'ring' and the 'nail-head'. Le Figaro, reporting on these new and inventive designs, stated "The watch itself..is almost invisible unless the wrist moves. The bracelet, intended to be worn in the evening, on long dark gloves, shows a particularly satisfying combination of line and volume. Furthermore, it allows the minutes of an evening - exciting or tedious - to be counted at a glance.."

    Cf: Néret, Gilles, Boucheron, Four Generations of a World-Renowned Jeweler, New York, 1988, pages 140-141 and page 136, for an illustration of a similar 'fan' wristwatch, dated 1942, set with brilliant-cut diamonds and calibré-cut sapphires.