An elegant and fine yellow gold minute repeating open face pocket watch

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1925
    Case No: Cartier hand stamped number 11’807, engraved monogram CHS
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, 29 jewels
    Dimensions: 50mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case and movement signed European Watch and Co., dial signed Cartier

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cartier is known for producing some of the most elegant and extravagant jewellery and time pieces available. The early 20th century was a period when form and fashion were closely related, and the well-heeled were always seen with their finest. In 1925, a Cartier minute repeating open face pocket watch would have been the height of luxury and the present Cartier ultra-thin watch is a wonderful example of this gone by era. Pocket watches were the sole wearable means to tell time until the advent of the wristwatch. Cartier’s pocket watches were reliable accurate and always produced with an eye on the style.

    In lovely original condition, and featuring a highly desirable European Watch and Clock movement, the present example is the perfect representation of this period. With Art Deco style monogram to the case back and a clear tonal repeating mechanism, the watch makes a statement about stature and society during the early 20th century.

  • Maker Bio

    Cartier

    French

    With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.

    Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. 

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An elegant and fine yellow gold minute repeating open face pocket watch

卡地亞,18K黃金三問懷錶,約1925年製

Circa 1925
50mm. Diameter
Case and movement signed European Watch and Co., dial signed Cartier

Estimate
HK$64,000 - 128,000 
€7,000-14,100
$8,200-16,400

sold for HK$212,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018