MADE CIRCA: 1940
MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold
MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical
CASE DIAMETER: 18mm
Born in Buenos Aires in 1908, Fred Samuel was the son of a jeweller and therefore, motivated by the work of his father to establish his own business in Paris, France in 1936. His work was inspired by the iridescent quality of pearls as well as the vivid colours of gem stones, leading him to be a favourite among royalty. The Nepalese Royal family commissioned the Fred Company to create pieces embellished with stones to match the colours of Saris worn in the 1950’s and Fred Samuel was the official supplier of the Royal family of Monaco.
A name synonymous with colour, Fred Samuel’s love affair with vivid gemstones reached its peak in 1977 when he presented ‘Golden Sun’, a light yellow diamond of 10,554 carats- still considered one of the most extraordinary in the world. Then in 1989, he draws a sublime necklace of 23 rubellite hearts interlaced by marchioness and brilliant diamonds that was offered by Richard Gere to Julia Robert in the movie "Pretty Woman".
The company was bought in 1995 by LVMH and now has its headquarters in the Place Vendôme in Paris. Since 2000 the brand has been expanded around the world and now has boutiques in ten locations, including London and Tokyo.
- Winston Churchill, in his first address as Prime Minister of England, tells the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, "I have nothing to offer you but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."
- Charlie Chaplin releases his wartime satirical political comedy-drama film The Great Dictator.
- Olympic Games, assigned to Tokyo, Japan, and later to Helsinki, Finland, are suspended due to WWII.