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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
 
2.5

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

35%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish (7)
  • Beautiful (6)
  • Good length (4)
  • Good quality (3)
  • Unique (3)

Cons

  • Poor workmanship (5)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (6)
  • Dates / night out (5)
  • Travel (4)
  • Formal occasions (3)
  • Office (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (5), Comfort-oriented (4), Classic style (3), Practical (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8), Yes (6)

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 18 customers

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5.0

Very pretty watch

By Stargazer

from Central Virginia

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Good Quality
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

    This watch is as pretty as its picture, keeps perfect time, and seems quite sturdy.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Beautiful, precious watch. I love it!

    By kimcool

    from Decatur, AL

    About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Everything Great
    • Good Length
    • Good Quality
    • Stylish
    • Unique
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

      I have been happy with this watch in every way. It's just precious and beautiful. I bought it for work wear but find that I love it so much, I wear it everywhere!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      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

          (2 of 2 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.

              (2 of 2 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.

                (3 of 3 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

                      (3 of 3 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

                          (4 of 4 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

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