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Retro era 18ct white gold diamond set watch from the 1950’s by Cortebert

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Retro era 18ct white gold diamond set watch from the 1950’s by Cortebert

A brief history on Certebert:

Abraham-Louis Juillard founded Cortebert in Switzerland in 1790 and was named after the town in Switzerland, however his date is commonly used as the date that it was founded rather than the name which was not actually registered until 1855. From the 1920’s, Cortebert started supplying movements to other brands such as Rolex. They also made a high quality jump-hour movement that was later adopted by IWC. They continued up until the “Quartz Revolution” of the 1970’s.

Retro describes jewellery produced between the later part of the 1930’s to the 1940’s, and also includes World War II. The styles and designs of the Art Deco jewellery still influenced designers in this era.

The retro movement was can be considered to be started by the head of Christie’s jewellery department, Francois Curiel. He named the era for customers who requested jewellery with the Retro look. His realization of this era brought great popularity and prestige to retro jewellery, resulting in the increase in value and price to these designs. Retro jewellery can be easily characterised by large chunky somewhat over the top designs in not only brooches and bracelets but also rings. The use of rose gold was also quite common even in 18ct.
Large gem set brooches with a combination of such stones such as rubies and diamonds in a floral motif where not uncommon.

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