Assembling a Graff emerald and diamond secret watch, a form of jewellery long favoured by women who didn’t want to draw attention to the fact they were wearing a timepiece. Photo: Graff
Assembling a Graff emerald and diamond secret watch, a form of jewellery long favoured by women who didn’t want to draw attention to the fact they were wearing a timepiece. Photo: Graff

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What are secret watches and why are they so coveted? Queen Elizabeth I wore locket rings and Bulgari, Cartier and Chanel still craft stunning high jewellery watches today

  • The queen’s rings hid a portrait of her mother Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII – and women in the 19th century discreetly checked the time with jewellery watches
  • Breguet made the first wristwatch for the queen of Naples in 1810, then brands like Graff and Van Cleef & Arpels started hiding the dials in fabulously ornate pieces of jewellery

Topic |   High Jewellery
Assembling a Graff emerald and diamond secret watch, a form of jewellery long favoured by women who didn’t want to draw attention to the fact they were wearing a timepiece. Photo: Graff
Assembling a Graff emerald and diamond secret watch, a form of jewellery long favoured by women who didn’t want to draw attention to the fact they were wearing a timepiece. Photo: Graff
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