Jewellery, Watches, Antiquities and Objects of Vertu (24 November 2020)

Date of Auction: 24th November 2020

Sold for £500

Estimate: £500 - £700

Jean Muller: A ‘Damoiselle D’ Rosa 18ct white gold and diamond wristwatch, the watch with signed mother-o’-pearl dial, with three diamond hour markers, within diamond set bezel and a surround of polished openwork petals, the reverse signed, bearing maker’s mark and French eagle’s head assay mark, stamped ‘750’, and numbered ‘MR0G1N No 14’, and engraved ‘Le temps précieux’, with Swiss quartz movement, on pink leather lined black satin strap with diamond set buckle clasp, watch head diameter 29.5mm. £500-£700


Born in Besançon, France, in 1946, Jean Muller started his training in design, graduating in 1966 from the Fine Arts School in his home town - Besançon - well known as the capital of French watch design.

Jean began his career as a stylist for an international watchmaking group - he recalls his first client in London was a Madame Moussaief. By the 1980s, by now highly respected within the watch industry, he launched BUGATTI's watch brand, independently managing this project from the initial designs right through to worldwide distribution.

For the past 15 years, Jean Muller has been discreetly cooperating with many of the greatest names in Swiss watchmaking and French jewellery - including Mauboussin, Louis Vuitton, Mont Blanc, Dior, Chopard, Girard Perregaux, Richard Mille, TAG HEUER etc, his company now working in alliance with master watchmaker Bruno Saville, with their watchmaking workshops located in Le Locle (Switzerland).

In 2000 Jean was awarded the INPI Innovation Trophy, in 2005, 3rd Prize, Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and in 2006, Gazelle 2005 Award from the French Ministry of SMEs, commerce, trade and liberal professions. Now retired, Jean has passed on the management of the family firm to his son, Benjamin Muller.

The ‘Damoiselle D’ collection of watches is unique - DNW are delighted to offer a further selection of these watches - all are in new, unused condition.