A truly exquisite lady''s wristwatch from the exclusive designer De Laneau of Geneva.The piece features a yellow 18 carat gold casing with a pave diamond set face.The strap has been delicately crafted from seed pearls and jade.The crescent moon buckles are also of 18 carat gold and set with diamonds.The green and white coloured strap and crescent moon buckles make the Islamic character of this watch unmistakable.It is likely a limited edition or even a one-of-a-kind bespoke piece that was commissioned with a particular client in mind.Mid-late 20th century.De Laneau is a Geneva-based company with a prominent place in the Swiss watch industry. The company was founded in 1880 in Biel in Switzerland. Today the philosophy of the company relates to their early days as artisans who paid phenomenal attention to detail. De Laneau watches challenge the design elements of the time and incorporate rare materials and eclectic design combinations. Gem setters working with them use ancient techniques of gem setting like serti close, serti millesgrains, serti grife, serti pave and serti miniature to get the highest possible light structure. They hand grind enamel, brush and fire in 20 layers to obtain a rare aesthetic.The De Laneau watch collections are exclusive. They are only produced in small numbers with some collections only involving one model. The custom work on each watch is a contributing factor to the small quantities produced.
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