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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 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

33%

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 (6), 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 15 customers

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(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
                                   
                                  4.0

                                  was a gift and she loves it

                                  By tiny one

                                  from Wynnewood PA

                                  About Me Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Stylish

                                  Pros

                                  • Beautiful
                                  • Good Length
                                  • Stylish

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday

                                    Comments about Chinese Cloisonné Garden Watch:

                                    fits perfect-don't even know you have it on-only problem one ot the wrist bands came off-found all the parts-put it back together-if comes apart will send back to be replaced. Gift receiver liked it so much I bought a second one for her this week. Hopefully there will be no problems

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • Yes

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