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When it comes to jewellery watches, the bigger, the better

Jaeger-LeCoultre made the smallest-ever movement, the 101, in 1929, it was for just this - women back then were not supposed to check the time overtly in case they seemed bored or, heaven forbid, wanted to choose when to go home.Current cuffs, however, are major status symbols to flaunt in animated conversation or when raising a champagne glass.

The style first appeared in the mid-1930s from Paris houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, but it was in the colourful, creative 1970s that the watch itself became the star, with richly toned hardstone dials set in sculptural, textured or woven yellow-gold cuffs from Piaget, which had its own goldsmiths and made it the jet-set's watch of choice.Having fallen into style Siberia, this mid-century look.

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