Detail of a watch attributed to an imitator of Breguet ca. 1810. Swiss, La Chaux-de-Fonds, gold and glass. Diameter: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917.
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Discover the exclusive Tateossian x The Met Store line

This November, The Met Store launched a collaboration with the noted British jeweler Tateossian, featuring an exclusive line of men’s watches and cuff links inspired by works in The Met collection.

“When we were developing this line of watches and cuff links, we tried to replicate elements that were found in The Met’s collection of vintage timepieces. We were inspired by some of the dials on antique pocket watches, which we interpreted as dials for contemporary quartz watches within a minimal clean frame—a signature for Tateossian,” says the brand’s founder, Robert Tateossian.

He continues, “It is a big honor to have a collaboration with one of the most respected museums in the world—to bring to customers a taste of the past but with a functionality for the present.”

Keep scrolling to discover select items from this fashion-forward new line. Shop the full Tateossian x The Met Store range by clicking here.

 

(left) La Chaux-de-Fonds Watch from the Tateossian x The Met Store line. (right) Watch attributed to an imitator of Breguet ca. 1810. Swiss, La Chaux-de-Fonds, gold and glass. Diameter: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917.

 

LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS WATCH

This striking and luxurious automatic skeleton timepiece is inspired by a 19th-century Swiss pocket watch modelled on the work of the French firm Breguet et Fils, which provides a view of the inner workings of the watch via a transparent dial.

The Tateossian x The Met Store La Chaux-de-Fonds Watch features a Japanese movement 8N24 and an Italian brown leather strap, and retails at $495.

 

(left) A Bear Walking by Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, Vinci 1452–1519 Amboise) ca. 1482-85. Silverpoint on light buff prepared paper. 4 1/16 x 5 1/4 in. (10.3 x 13.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975. (right) Walking Bear Cuff Links from the Tateossian x The Met Store line.

 

BEAR SKETCH CUFF LINKS

Cuff links in the Tateossian x The Met Store line put fine art at the center of the design. The Bear Sketch Cuff links are unique, stand-out pieces, featuring a scaled reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s A Bear Walking, ca. 1482–85 (on view at The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 964). The image has been mounted behind glass and encased in rhodium. The epitome of wearable art, these handsome cuff links retail at $195.

 

(left) the Alcock Watch from the Tateossian x The Met Store line. (right) Calendar watch by Thomas Alcock (recorded working 1630, Clockmakers’ Company 1632, died before 1688) ca. 1650. British, London. Outer case: leather-covered silver with silver piqué work; Inner case: silver; Movement: gilt brass, steel, partly blued, and silver. Diam. 1-3/4 in. (4.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917.

 

ALCOCK WATCH

This watch was inspired by a British calendar watch in The Met collection made about 1650 by famed watchmaker Thomas Alcock. The original watch features a range of metals accented by an intricate moon and stars motif, and elegantly presents the time of the tides, mean solar time, the age of the moon in its monthly cycle, and the day of the month. The Tateossian x The Met Store Alcock Watch celebrates the master craftsmanship of the original, reimagined for the 21st century.

 

(left) Skull Cuff Links from the Tateossian x The Met Store line. (center and right) Watch attributed to watchmaker Isaac Penard (Swiss, 1619–1676) and casemaker probably the Firm of Moulinié, Bautte & Moynier (Swiss, 1808–21). Case ca. 1810–20, movement ca. 1650. Swiss, Geneva. Case: silver; Dial: silver, partly nielloed; Movement: gilded brass and steel. Overall: 2 × 1 3/8 × 1 9/16 in. (5.1 × 3.5 × 4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917.

 

SKULL CUFF LINKS

These cuff links borrow their unusual design from a timepiece in The Met collection. The skull motif was a specialty of Geneva watchmakers, and this specific piece was conceived in two phases. The watch itself was designed by Isaac Penard in about 1650, but the case is attributed to the firm of Moulinié, Bautte & Moynier and was designed almost 200 years later, in 1810–20. In order to tell the time, the owner of the watch would move the hinged jaw in order to expose the dial of the watch at the base of the skull. Our Tateossian x The Met Store Skull Cuff Links feature rhodium overlay and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to add a touch of whimsy to any look.

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