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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 1972
    Case No: 75'949 / 21'464
    Model Name: Oblong and Concave
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 59 signed Ebel Watch Co. 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold folding deployant clasp signed Cartier New York, reference 15'699
    Dimensions: 48mm x 22mm
    Signed: Case engraved with Cartier reference numbers and dial signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity confirming the present watch had been retailed by Cartier New York in 1972.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Halfway between a contemporary sculpture and a watch, this amazing piece of art embodies Cartier’s boundless creativity of the 70s. Some of us may see in this piece the same inspiration that led to architectural designs such as Mark Newson’s Long Chair, others will see this watch as an ode to feminine beauty of the era. The eye is at first caught by the sensual curves of the case then by the contrast between the satin and mirror finish reciprocation between the dial, the top and sides of the case.
    The sculptural yellow gold case described by the brand as oblong and concave is in an amazing condition. Made in France, this timepiece was designed for the American market as signed on the folding deployant clasp.
    This watch is without any doubt a very unusual piece with a very powerful design that would find its place within a collection of form watches.

  • Artist Biography

    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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A possibly unique and most attractive yellow gold "Oblong and Concave" wristwatch with certificate

1972
48mm x 22mm
Case engraved with Cartier reference numbers and dial signed

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 35,000 
€23,200-32,400
$24,800-34,700

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Alexandre Ghotbi
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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017