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Chaumet was founded in 1780 in Paris by Marie-Étienne Nitot. Nitot was the official jeweller of Napoleon I from 1802. He designed the jewelry for Napoleon’s wedding and his coronation crown. In 1885 Joseph Chaumet marries a member of Nitot family and takes control of the House. As a designer of fine jewelry, Chaumet began to produce precious watches from the 19th century. The house has joined forces with Swiss watchmakers, such as Jaeger-LeCoultre and Patek Philippe,to create exceptional timepieces. In 2013, Chaumet’s “Montres Précieuses” once again combined fine jewelry and watchmaking. The six pieces in this collection use a self-winding mechanical movement and are decorated with diamonds, mother-of-pearl, paintings or engravings.