Cartier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII Geneva Saturday, May 8, 2021 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1972
    Movement No: 2'087'786
    Case No: 1402
    Model Name: "Baseball"
    Material: 18K yellow gold with case bearing London hallmarks
    Calibre: Manual, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Cartier deployant clasp stamped 1402
    Dimensions: 35.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 1970s were a time of incredible creative turmoil. Spurred by the changes in society - which was verring toward more carefree social rules - designers in every field came up with some of the most intriguing designs to ever appear in any field: from watches, to jewellery, passing through the cars, buildings and of course garment fashion, a true design revolution took place during those years.

    London was undoubtedly one the epicentres of this change, and thus it is no surprise that Cartier London created during those years some of the most impressive, creative and iconic designs of its multi-century history. The present watch - nicknamed “The Pebble" or "Baseball” due to its appearance - is one such creation. Deceptively simple, the entire design is centred around the two most “pure” geometrical shapes: the circle (case shape) and the square (dial shape). The contrast of the circular case with the angular dial grants an enormous aesthetic impact to the ensemble: the fact that Cartier managed to achieve such a momentous effect with such a simple design is testament to the incredible design proficiency of the brand.

    Of particular note is the originality of the timepiece; the number 1402 is stamped both on the case and on the clasp, showing that the watch remained with its original buckle throughout its whole life. Furthermore, there are English hallmarks for 1972 on the clasp, as well as the "JC" stamp for Jacques Cartier.

    Research suggests that around 6 examples were made, underscoring the rarity of the present timepiece. This model is furthermore present in Cartier's heritage collection, proof of its importance within the history of the brand.

  • 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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An extremely rare, attractive and unusual yellow gold wristwatch, retailed by Cartier London

Circa 1972
35.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF403,200

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021