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An Art Deco Seed Pearl and Diamond Wristwatch, by Cartier, circa 1920

An Art Deco Seed Pearl and Diamond Wristwatch, by Cartier, circa 1920

In the first quarter of the 20th century, wrist watches did not have a set identity and their presentation fluctuated with prevailing jewelry styles, ultimately influencing them. Around 1910 they appeared on pearl and diamond bracelets, reminiscent of the popular dog collar, shortly thereafter as pendants set with diamonds hanging from black gros grain ribbon, and finally as diamond bracelets, at which point they had gained such an ascendency upon fashion as to force the dressmakers to reveal the wrist and then the entire arm.

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