Cartier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII Geneva Saturday, May 8, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1980
    Case No: 199'968
    Material: Gilt brass, onyx and mother-of-pearl
    Calibre: Quartz
    Dimensions: 140mm Length and 230mm Height
    Signed: Case and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Made in France and sold at Cartier Paris, this attractive desk clock was inspired by the art deco movement of the 1920s. Displaying onyx and enamel decorated panels, it even has a beautiful mother-of-pearl dial, evoking the lavish and glamorous designs of the early 20th century. During this period, Cartier had released this model with a number of hard stone dials, ranging from nephrite to jasper, all with the present dial and cabochon form above a rectangular base.

    Consigned by the original owner, the present desk clock is accompanied by its original traveling Cartier case.

  • Artist Biography



    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 rare and attractive onyx and mother-of-pearl quartz desk clock with original presentation box

Circa 1980
140mm Length and 230mm Height
Case and movement signed

CHF5,000 - 8,000 

Sold for CHF15,120

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021