Tabbah entered watch production in the 1950s as a natural extension of their jewellery business, approaching the creation of watches from the same position as they would a piece of fine jewellery: craftsmanship, heritage and refinement resulting in a unique elegance that imbued the pieces with iconic status. Their earliest watches were crafted to bespoke measurements, produced as unique pieces specifically for private clientele.Previous Next
Cuff watch in 18k yellow and white gold, set with diamonds, dial in Malachite, made by Piaget exclusively for Tabbah, circa 1950.
A positive response led Tabbah to explore partnerships with renowned Swiss watch manufacturers and in the 1960s and 70s, Piaget produced the Tabbah timepieces that have gone on to become collectable items. In the late 1970s and early 80s, it was the world’s oldest watch manufacturer, Vacheron Constantin, who took on this role and under whose guidance Tabbah’s Momento watch (pictured right) came into being. Ridged edges gave the piece distinctive prestige which combined beautifully with a delicate thinness and string-of-pearl effect pattern on the dial. Celebrated for its refined style, the Momento's limited production was available in solid gold, as well as an exclusive skeletised version.Previous Next
Tabbah’s Momento watch
By the late 1980s Tabbah brought the watchmaking craft in house and the Saga, launched in 1986, was the first of a special generation to join an exclusive family of uniquely stylish wristwatches bearing the Tabbah name. Its special vertical and rectangular design caught the attention of discerning clientele who understood it to be a masterpiece of design engineering. The Saga became Tabbah’s heritage watch style and was only produced in gold and platinum. It fast achieved collectable status amongst watch aficionados all over the world, and continues to this day to be highly sought-after; exchanged privately and at auction.Previous Next
High jewellery ladies Saga watch,
set with attachment made from
ruby cabochon and ruby baguette-
shaped Roman numerals (this
particular model was produced
in a limited edition of one).