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Art Nouveau Watches

ART NOUVEAU STYLE

Art Nouveau — generally considered to have begun in the late 1800s and ended with the start of World War I — was a movement in the decorative arts that drew inspiration from natural forms, such as trees, flowers and, of course, the human figure. The three main themes present in Art Nouveau jewelry and watches were flora, fauna and women.

Art Nouveau, which reached its pinnacle in the year 1900, spawned from artists who rejected the historicism of their predecessors to create an entirely new visual vocabulary. As compared to Art Deco jewelry’s geometric patterns and sharp lines, the extravagant style of antique Art Nouveau jewelry is characterized by curvilinear forms and whiplash lines, vibrant materials and dramatic imagery.

The first art and design movement of the 20th century, Art Nouveau was also a reaction against the Industrial Revolution, and took its inspiration from the theories of the Symbolists, the art of the Pre-Raphaelites, the ideas of John Ruskin and his follower William Morris and, most importantly Japanese crafts. (The country was a fertile ground for inspiration after it was opened to the West in 1854.) The Art Nouveau style touched all manners of the arts, including the most exultant jewelry.

Nature was a favorite muse for artists going back to the 18th and 19th centuries, but in the hands of 20th-century artists, it was depicted in new ways. For example, a withering flower was considered just as beautiful as one in full bloom. Winged creatures, such as insects and birds, were also a popular subject. Dragonflies and butterflies were particular favorites because they morphed so dramatically in different life stages.

This was also a reference to women, whose role in society was evolving. It was not uncommon to see a piece of jewelry that would at once reference a woman as a winged creature (think René Lalique’s famous Dragonfly brooch, circa 1897–98, at the Gulbenkian Collection in Lisbon). However, just as women’s roles were ambiguous, so was their image, as the femmes nouvelle were simultaneously eroticized and romanticized.

In addition to Lalique, vital figures in Art Nouveau jewelry included Louis Comfort Tiffany in the United States, Vladimir Soloviev, who designed jewelry for Peter Carl Fabergé in Russia, Fuset Grau of Spain, Karl Rothmuller of Germany and Philippe Wolfers of Belgium.

Art Nouveau jewelers used every “canvas” imaginable, looking beyond brooches and necklaces to belt buckles, fans, tiaras, dog collars (a type of choker necklace), pocket watches, corsages and hair combs. Multicolored gems and enamel could complete this vision better than diamonds. Jewelers also favored pearls, particularly baroque pearls, for their large size and irregular shape. However, opal was the most popular stone — its iridescence harmonized perfectly with the enamel, and it could be carved into any shape. Art Nouveau jewelry was primarily set in yellow gold.

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Style: Art Nouveau
18 Karat Gold, Tiffany & Co Enamelled Pendant Watch on Chain
Located in Brisbane, QLD
This Art Nouveau pendant watch on chain was made for Tiffany & Co for retail in the United States. The watch hangs from a yellow gold filled curb link chain that has a swivel type cl...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Gold-filled, Yellow Gold, Enamel

French Art Nouveau Watch Pendant
Located in New Orleans, LA
This beautiful French watch pendant features a sublime, organic floral motif indicative of Art Nouveau jewelry design. Crafted of 18K gold, this elegant timepiece is enveloped in gra...
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19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Audemars Piguet Milenary 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Index Unworn Full Set
Located in Geneva, CH
Audemars Piguet Millenary Ladies 18k YG Diamond Bezel Reference n° 79350BA/Z/1136BA/03 28mm size Automatic movement In Full 18K Yellow Gold Original Audemars Piguet Diamond setting B...
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Early 2000s Swiss Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

French 1800 Art Nouveau Rose Diamond Zig Zag Enamel Pendant Lapel Pocket Watch
Located in New york, NY
An Impressive Art Nouveau French 1880s Gold “Sun Ray” Motif Hand Cut Rose Cut Diamond Set “Zig Zag” Guilloche Enamel Hand Painted Enamel Breguet Pendant Lapel Pocket Watch Basic...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Remontoir Cylindre 10 Rubis Woman's Swiss Pocket Watch 14 Carat Gold Diamonds
Located in Vienna, AT
Remontoir Cylindre 10 Rubis Woman's Pocket Watch with three lids. Made of 14 ct slight red gold, with eight diamonds (= 0,40 ct in total) decorating the clockface covering lid, all ...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold

Antique Art Nouveau Ladies Wrist Watch, Platinum with Diamonds
Located in Berlin, DE
Antique Art Nouveau ladies watch, platinum with diamonds. Case and strap are studded with diamonds throughout. Manual wind movement. Very good condition.
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1910s Vintage Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Patek Philippe Chronometro Gondolo 18k Gold Pocket Watch 1910s w Box RA184
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless luxury, solid 18k gold Patek Philippe Chronometro Gondolo open face pocket watch, c.1910s with original box. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous Patek Philip...
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1910s Swiss Vintage Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Omega Silver Pocket Watch Art Nouveau Repousse Mythological Scene from 1900
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Omega Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Nouveau Style METAL / MATERIAL: Sterling Silver DIMENSIONS: Diameter 48mm CIRCA: 1900 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Manual Winding...
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1910s Swiss Vintage Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Silver

1800s Golay Fils Stahl 18kt Pearl Diamond Ruby Emerald Bird Lapel Pendant Watch
Located in New york, NY
A Very Rare Signed Golay Fils & Stahl, Geneve, 18kt Yellow Gold, Pearl Set, Rose Cut Diamond, Ruby & Emerald Set ‘Swallow’ Lapel & Pendant Watch, Circa 1840-1880 Basic Specs & Overv...
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Mid-19th Century Swiss Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold

Antique Open Face Silver Hamilton Pocket Watch with Display
Located in Wallkill, NY
Wonderful Hamilton open face Pocket Watch - Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania -Movement Serial Number: 679688 - Mar 1, 1911 - Size: 18s - Jewels: 17j Jewel Setting: Scre...
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1910s American Vintage Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Silver

Ladies Silver Keywind Pendant Watch with Cartouche Silver and Enamel Dial 1870's
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Pendant Style STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Faced Pendant Watch METAL / MATERIAL: Sterling Silver CIRCA / YEAR: 1870's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: Length & Diameter34mm MOVEMENT /...
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1870s Swiss Antique Art Nouveau Watches

French 1880s Art Nouveau Gold Zigzag Enamel Star Pendant Lapel Pin Pocket Watch
Located in New york, NY
An Impressive French 1880s Double Sided Gold Special Order Gold Star Inlay “Zig Zag” Guilloche Enamel Breguet Dial & Case Art Nouveau Pendant Lapel Pocket Watch accompanied with its ...
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1880s French Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Enamel

Antique Art Nouveau Ladies Girard- Perragux 18K Gold Pendant Watch
Located in Woodland Hills, CA
This is a beautiful antique art nouveau ladies hunter case pendant watch c.1900. The watch is in excellent working condition. The watch Art Nouveau design with a bouquet of flowers...
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Early 1900s Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rado 2.00 Carat Diamond and Platinum Stem Wind Wristwatch
By RADO
Located in Bradford, Ontario
Vintage Rado Ladies Diamond and Platinum Dress Watch Two carets of diamonds encrusting in a superb nouveau style platinum watch. Sometimes, wow! is your first reaction to seeing an ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

14 Karat Solid Yellow Gold "Valois" Liberty Coin Face Watch
By Henri Valois
Located in Los Angeles, CA
14k yellow gold "Valois" 33mm coin face watch, the watch has been service and polished. With a new brown lizard band.
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

14k Gold

Art Nouveau Antique Gold Diamond Lapel Pocket Watch
Located in New York, NY
Antique Art Nouveau 18k gold pocket watch, high relief case, decorated with diamonds. Case is 23mm in diameter. With porcelain dial and original filigree hands. Suspended on a 14k g...
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19th Century Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, Gold

1800s French Art Nouveau Enamel Angel Winged Flower Pearl Wreath Pendant Watch
Located in New york, NY
An Impressive & Extremely Well-Made Art Nouveau 1840s-1860s, Iridescent Enamel Angel Winged Pearl Set Flower Wreath Pendant Watch with matching Blueish Green Enamel Portrait of Frenc...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Pearl, 14k Gold, Enamel

Leather Cuff Watch in 18kt. Gold with Rose Cut Diamond Bezel
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Leather Cuff Watch STYLE / REFERENCE: Custom Made METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt. Yellow Gold CIRCA / YEAR: 1900's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: Length 23mm X Diameter 10mm MOVEMENT / ...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Breguet Yellow Gold Pin Set Manual Wind Watch, circa 1900's
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Breguet Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Round / Pin Setting METAL / MATERIAL: 18 Kt Yellow Gold DIMENSIONS: Length 37mm X Diameter 32mm CIRCA: 1900's MOVEMENT / ...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Gold Keyless Wind Carillon Minute Repeating Chronograph Full Hunter Pocket Watch
Located in Firenze, IT
An 18K rose gold keyless wind carillon minute repeating chronograph full hunter pocket watch Date: Circa 1890 Movement: Swiss lever, cut and compensated bi-metallic balance, three po...
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1910s Swiss Vintage Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

18 Karat Yellow Gold Snake Bracelet Covered Dial Watch
Located in Firenze, IT
Mysterious watch in yellow gold, featuring a snake, the body formed by a double rush chiselled with scales closing with a ratchet. The snake's head reveals a watch with a mechanical...
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1910s French Vintage Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, Opal, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

1900 Swiss Art Nouveau Diamond 14 Karat Yellow Gold Cherub Pocket Watch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Circular pocket watch features a highly rendered repoussè front Depicting three celebrating cherubs surrounded by scrolling foliate and florals Accented by a bezel set old European...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, Yellow Gold, 14k Gold

1900s Longines 18kt Enamel Royal Kensington Gardens Swans Pendant Pocket Watch
Located in New york, NY
A Rare & very unique 1900s Longines 5 -Time Grand Prix World Exhibition Award Winning Miniature Enamel Enamel Work Designed in the Impressionist Style of a “Feeding of the Swans at ...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Enamel

Solid Gold Ladies Stewart Dawson &Co Antique Pocket Watch
Located in MELBOURNE, VIC
Elegant Stewart Dawson & Co 14 carat Solid Gold Open Face Ladies Pocket Watch . Late 19th - early 20th century, marked 14C to inner back cover and serial number #75128. Featuring a g...
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Early 20th Century Australian Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Gold, 14k Gold

Vintage Banner 7 Jewel Swiss Watch Pin/Brooch, Skeleton Feature
Located in Austin, TX
A vintage pin and clock/watch that is detachable and attachable. This piece is vintage and in great condition. The watch/clock is a Swiss-made Banner watch with a skeleton back and 7...
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1920s French Vintage Art Nouveau Watches

Art Nouveau 18k Gold Diamond Pocket Watch, Fob Watch, Escasany
Located in NEWARK, GB
A truly spectacular antique Art Nouveau era, 18kt gold and Rose cut diamond pocket watch or fob watch. A rich 18kt gold smooth polished case engraved on the reverse with a typically...
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Early 20th Century Swiss Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Remontoir Cylindre 10 Rubis Woman's Swiss Pocket Watch 14 Carat Gold Diamonds
Located in Vienna, AT
Remontoir Cylindre 10 Rubis Woman's Pocket Watch with three lids. Made of 14 ct slight red gold, with eight diamonds (= 0,40 ct in total) decorating the lid which covers clockface (...
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Early 1900s Swiss Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, 14k Gold

J.W. Benson Sterling Silver Half Hunters Case Pocket Watch, circa 1890s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: J.W.Benson London STYLE / REFERENCE: Half Hunters Case METAL / MATERIAL: Sterling Silver CIRCA: 1890's DIMENSIONS: Diameter 39mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Manual Windin...
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1890s Swiss Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Longines 14Kt Art Nouveau Watch Russian Style from 1914 with Original Dial
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Longines Watch Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Nouveau / Tonneau / Russian Construction METAL / MATERIAL: 14Kt Yellow Gold CIRCA / YEAR: 1914 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: Length 32...
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1910s Russian Vintage Art Nouveau Watches

Hampden 18kt Solid Gold Art Nouveau Open Face Pocket Watch Original Dial, 1904
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hampden Watch Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Face / High Grade Movement METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt Solid Yellow Gold CIRCA / YEAR: 1904 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: Diameter 53mm MOV...
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

18k Gold

1906 Tiffany & Co. Diamond, Natural Ruby and Enamel 18 Carat Gold Pocket Watch
Located in London, GB
A beautiful 1906 Tiffany signed pocket watch in working order with marks. Measures W: 2.7cm H: 3.3cm D:0.86cm Weight: 17.6g
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Early 1900s American Antique Art Nouveau Watches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Gold, Enamel

Hirsch Watch Company Silver with Diamonds Early Wrist Watch, circa 1900's
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hirsch Watch Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Nouveau METAL / MATERIAL: Sterling Silver with Diamonds CIRCA / YEAR: 1890's / 1900 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: Length 38mm X Diamete...
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Early 20th Century Swiss Art Nouveau Watches

Touchon & Co. Art Nouveau Open Faced Pocket Watch, circa 1900s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Touchon & Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Open Faced METAL / MATERIAL: Silver CIRCA / YEAR: 1900's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: Diameter 48mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Manual Winding / 21...
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Early 20th Century Swiss Art Nouveau Watches

J.W. Benson Sterling Silver Half Hunters Case Pocket Watch, circa 1890s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: J.W.Benson London STYLE / REFERENCE: Half Hunters Case METAL / MATERIAL: Sterling Silver CIRCA: 1890's DIMENSIONS: Diameter 39mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Manual Windin...
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1890s Swiss Antique Art Nouveau Watches

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