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Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch

$45.00

Price: $45.00

Item#:1074300

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Historians believe that cloisonné was introduced to China by traders from Constantinople and has since evolved into a uniquely Chinese art form. Jewelers apply thin filaments of wire to the band to form floral outlines. This step of the cloisonné process has been compared to embroidery. The outlines are filled with powdered glass enamel and fired at high temperatures to fuse the material and bring out its bright colors. This hinged cuff is adjustable and will fit a range of wrist sizes comfortably. Stainless steel face with nickel-plated band.

7"L.

To create the decorative surface of cloisonné, thin fillets of flattened wire are bent to form a pattern. The spaces between the wires, called cloisons or cells, are then filled with powdered enamel. The exact origins are unknown, but cloisonné techniques most likely evolved out of related mosaic, stained glass, and jewelry-making practices. Although exceptional pieces of cloisonné exist from Byzantine times, modern craftsmen in China and Japan have further refined the art of mixing the enamel pigments to achieve a spectrum of subtle colors.

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Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch
 
2.2

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

31%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish (5)
  • Beautiful (4)
  • Good length (3)

Cons

  • Poor workmanship (5)

Best Uses

  • Dates / night out (4)
  • Everyday (4)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (5), Comfort-oriented (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very pretty, what I expected

Watch is very easy to read. I wore it to work
and it was very comfortable on my wrist

Watch is very easy to read. I wore it to work
and it was very comfortable on my wrist

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Inferior materials

Very disappointing. I expected high quality from the National Geographic Store.

Very disappointing. I expected high quality from the National Geographic Store.

Reviewed by 16 customers

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2.0

Cute watch but it keeps falling off

By Pat

from Palo Alto

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Clasp Too Open

    Best Uses

      Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

      Falls off

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Extremely poor quality.

      By Scot

      from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Workmanship

        Best Uses

          Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

          The stem fell apart on the first attempt to set the time. The watch face kept turning around the post holding the hands. It kept losing minutes as it ran. NG must have had a lot of trouble with this. They quickly refunded my money and didn't want the watch back.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Sorry I bought it

          By Versh

          from Chicopee MA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Unique

          Cons

          • It Keeps Stopping
          • Poor Workmanship
          • Too large for my wrist

          Best Uses

            Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

            This watch would not keep going. I had battery replaced but it still stopped. After resetting it it would go for a short period of time and then stop again.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Poor quality & small proportions

            By alegaleg

            from Boston, MA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

                  Was gift but too small, hard to read and poor quality.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Cheap looking

                  By Disappointed

                  from Iowa

                  About Me Classic, Stylish

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Not as pictured

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

                      Not up to NG standards

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      3" to sm,for wrist.

                      By pooh

                      from fla

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

                            Not very happy! to small for the wrist.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Inferior materials

                            By dissatisfied

                            from iowa city, ia

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Band Turned Skin Green

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

                                Very disappointing. I expected high quality from the National Geographic Store.

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Very pretty, what I expected

                                By Putz 2

                                from Escondido, CA

                                About Me Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Length
                                • Stylish
                                • Unique
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday
                                  • Night Out
                                  • Office
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

                                  Watch is very easy to read. I wore it to work
                                  and it was very comfortable on my wrist

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  A beauty with history

                                  By a gemlover wife

                                  from APO AE (Armed Forces Europe)

                                  About Me Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Beautiful
                                  • Stylish
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday
                                    • Formal Occasions
                                    • Night Out
                                    • Office
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

                                    Replicas of other countries traditional jewels are a treasure that let us learn a lot about older times artisans.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    2.0

                                    Falls apart

                                    By Long-time Customer

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Poor Workmanship

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday

                                      Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

                                      This watch just fell apart in its third week for no apparent reason other than that it was poorly put together. National Geographic is sending me another one. Hopefully, it will last, but the six other reviews from this month indicate the identical problem.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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