Chaumet High Jewellery

Dare Josephine!

A precious echo to the thousand and one facets of the empress, Chaumet's new Joséphine collection renews with a traditional savoir-faire dating back more than two centuries, closely linked to contemporary creativity. Rings, necklaces, earrings, tiaras and feminine watches crown a sparkling line with a unique and resolutely modern style.

By Chloé Redler

The Joséphine Aigrette watch, the masterpiece of the collection 

The originality of the wearer

La montre Joséphine Aigrette de Chaumet en or rose et diamants
The bracelet has a single fastening and an end that follows the V-shape of the aigrette.

The wife of Emperor Napoleon I would undoubtedly have loved to wear this highly feminine model. A jewel watch “par excellence”, the Joséphine Aigrette marks by the way it is wom. Here there is no buckle, simply a bracelet with a single attachment, free to embrace a delicate wrist, the end of which takes up the V-shaped structure of the aigrette. Highly symbolic, this refined finish highlights a pear-shaped case, a size dear to Empress.

La montre Joséphine Aigrette de Chaumet en or rose et cadran blanc soleillé
The white sunray dial of the rose gold edition is engraved in a way that recalls the pattern of the faceted stones.

Like the pink gold version, it features a white sunray dial engraved in a manner reminiscent of the faceted stones. A brilliant-cut diamond discreetly placed at 12 o’clock enhances the whole. Note that the bracelets are available in several sizes in order to perfectly fit all female wrists.

Elegant variations of the Joséphine Aigrette

La montre Joséphine Aigrette de Chaumet en or blanc et diamants
White gold model, diamond-set bezel, white sunray dial and satin strap (€11 420).

Powered by a beautifully crafted Swiss quartz movement, the Joséphine Aigrette watch is available in five different versions.

In white gold, diamond-set bezel, white sunray dial and satin strap; white gold, engraved black dial and black leather strap; rose gold, diamond-set bezel, engraved black dial and black leather strap. Then, white gold, diamond-paved bezel and dial and satin strap; pink gold, white sunray dial and black leather strap. Fans of fine jewellery will find a model to match their outfit for the day…or night.

La montre Joséphine Aigrette de Chaumet en or rose et cadran blanc soleillé
Pink gold model, white sunray dial and smooth black leather strap (€7 210).

Consult the technical data sheets of the Joséphine Aigrette watches by Chaumet.

Chaumet’s jewels, figures of style

The mix and max of Joséphine jewellery

La nouvelle collection Joséphine de la maison Chaumet et le mix and max de ses montres et bijoux
Resolutely modern, the jewels can be worn alone or in accumulation. A real mix and match game.

An inspirational figure in the House of Haute Joaillerie, she was – as we might call her today – a true fashion icon. Ahead of her time, she was a trendsetter. In keeping with her free and artistic spirit, Chaumet unveils the Joséphine Ronde d’Aigrettes rings in pink gold (€4 120), white gold (€4,390) and white gold set with an aquamarine (€4,000). 

La nouvelle collection Joséphine Haute Joaillerie de la maison Chaumet
The Joséphine Ronde d’Aigrettes rings match perfectly with the Joséphine Aigrette watch.

Very contemporary, they can be worn alone or in combination for a modern look. These pieces can be mixed with the white gold necklace set with diamonds (€5 410) or the white gold necklace set with two aquamarines (€4 940), the Joséphine Aigrette bracelet (€20 650) or the asymmetrical Joséphine Ronde d’Aigrettes earrings (€5 290) for a game of style without limits.

Les infinis combinaisons de la nouvelle collection Joséphine de Chaumet
The new Haute Joaillerie Joséphine collection from Chaumet offers endless combinations of styles.

Successful pieces

An emblematic size associated by Chaumet with the empress, the pear is present in the heart of the House’s jewellery creations. It is brilliantly encrusted on the royal sets of the Joséphine Valse Impériale line, which is inspired by the way she appeared in eternal majesty. An example is the Joséphine Valse Impériale necklace in white gold set with a central pear-cut diamond (2.50 carats), nine pear-cut diamonds (5.08 carats) and a multitude of brilliant and pear-cut diamonds. 

La ligne Joséphine Valse Impériale issue de la nouvelle collection Joséphine de Chaumet
The Joséphine Valse Impériale necklace in white gold features a pear-cut diamond, a shape dear to the Empress.

The eye will also linger on the Joséphine Valse Impériale tiara in white gold, which illustrates the remarkable work of the House’s jewellers. Chaumet’s signature wire-knife technique consists in making the metal disappear to let the diamonds shine, which here appear to rise towards the sky.

Le diadème Joséphine Valse Impériale en or blanc fait la part belle aux diamants taille poire
To crown the collection, the Joséphine Valse Impériale tiara in white gold sparkles and illustrates the exceptional work of Chaumet’s jewellers.

He and she

Le bracelet Joséphine Duo Éternel de la collection Joséphine de Chaumet
In the tradition of Chaumet’s emblematic “jewellery of feelings”, the Joséphine Duo Eternel bracelet in white gold is distinguished by its asymmetrical elements.

The Joséphine Duo Éternel line symbolizes the legendary couple formed by Napoleon and Joséphine. In the tradition of Chaumet’s emblematic “jewels of feeling”, the Joséphine Duo Éternel bracelet in white gold is distinguished by its asymmetrical elements and its two pear-shaped diamonds joined together in a “tête-à-tête” formation, just like the choker with its pure and timeless lines. A marvelous piece.

To get further

Poster for the exhibition “Joséphine Napoléon, une histoire (extra)ordinaire” – From 8 May to 18 July 2021.

A privileged yet discreet witness to the passion that animated Josephine and Napoleon, Marie-Étienne Nitot, visionary jeweller and founder of the House that would become Chaumet – the only private actor to have been invited to celebrate the bicentenary of Napoleon’s death – is organizing from 8 May to 18 July in the historic salons of 12 place Vendôme in Paris, the exhibition “Joséphine Napoléon, une histoire (extra)ordinaire)”. Free of charge and open to all upon reservation, it retraces their pompous and grandiose passion through more than 150 pieces of jewellery, paintings, pieces of art, letters and graphic art documents.

La boutique historique de Chaumet située au 12 place Vendôme à Paris
The exhibition “Joséphine Napoléon, une histoire (extra)ordinaire” will take place at the Chaumet salons, historically located at 12 place Vendôme in Paris.

Inscriptions : www.chaumet.com/fr/exposition-josephine-napoleon.

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