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  • Manufacturer: Bulgari (Attributed to)
    Year: Circa 1960
    Reference No: 879
    Movement No: 869'395
    Case No: 871'244,
    Model Name: "Serpenti"
    Material: 18K yellow gold and enamel
    Calibre: Manual, Jaeger-LeCoultre cal. 426, 16 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Translucent green, black and white enamel over textured background scales with gold outlines
    Dimensions: Bracelet will fit a wrist with a circumference of approx. 150 mm.
    Signed: Dial and movement signed Jaeger-LeCoultre, bracelet signed Bvlgari
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Certificate from Amanda Triossi, author and specialist on Bvlgari, Curator of all major Bvlgari Retrospective Exhibitions from 2009 to 2013, attributing the watch to Bvlgari

  • Catalogue Essay

    Even though Bvlgari created the « Serpenti » bracelet in the 1940s, it did not become the choice of the glitterati until the 1960s when Elisabeth Taylor was spotted on screen wearing her Bvlgari « Serpenti » in the 1963 film Cleopatra, becoming overnight an immense success and a glamorous symbol of the “dolce vita”.

    A marvel of finesse and artistic liberty, the Serpenti consists of a wrap around gold bracelet enhanced with green, white and black enamel representing the snake’s skin. The eyes are two round cut diamonds. The mouth of the snake ingeniously opens to reveal the watch’s dial.

    Attributed to Bvlgari as set out in a certificate from Amanda Triossi, MA FGA, author and specialist on Bvlgari, curator of all major Bvlgari Retrospective Exhibitions from 2009 to 2013, the present “Serpenti” is not only a wonderful and delicate mix of jewelry and watchmaking but a wonderful conversation piece.

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Ref. 879
A lady's exceptionally fine and highly attractive yellow gold "snake" bracelet watch with green, white and black enamel coiling, diamond-set eyes and certificate

Circa 1960
Bracelet will fit a wrist with a circumference of approx. 150 mm.
Dial and movement signed Jaeger-LeCoultre, bracelet signed Bvlgari

Estimate
CHF50,000 - 100,000 
€42,900-85,700
$52,900-106,000

Sold for CHF87,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN

Geneva Auction 12-13 May 2018