Cartier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1960
    Movement No: 65'483
    Case No: Outside caseback stamped 44'559 inside case back stamped 44'569
    Model Name: Paralélogramme
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 23mm Width and 37mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, clasp numbered

  • Catalogue Essay

    While the Cartier Asymmetric is incredibly celebrated today, less is known about its ancestor, the Paralélogramme - the very model that inspired the storied model that graces the catalog of Cartier today. Having resided within a noble Belgian family for half a century, the present watch is one of the most impressive Cartier discoveries in recent years. The consignor had originally received the watch as a gift from her husband. Known as the Paralélogramme due to the likeness of its shape to its namesake, the model was first launched in 1936. A twist on the classic Tank model, the Paralélogramme shifted both the case and the dial 30 degrees and lay flat on the wrist. The Paralélogramme perfectly encapsulates Cartier's design ethos of the 20th century and illustrates how the brand constantly pushed boundaries of form and design. It joins mythic models such as the Cintrée, Crash, Baignoire Allongée, all of which are cornerstones of Cartier's brilliant history.

    The present watch from the 1960s stands out due to its exceptional condition. All numbers and hallmarks on the caseback are crisp and visible, and show barely, if any signs of intervention over the years. The dial too is equally impressive as it has not been altered over the years and remains free of signs of aging. Vintage Cartier timepieces are far and few in between, and to discover one in such original condition is a truly rare occasion. To date, only a few handful of original examples exist, making the present timepiece incredibly rare and collectible.

  • 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 important, extremely rare and attractive yellow gold asymmetric wristwatch

Circa 1960
23mm Width and 37mm Length
Case, dial and movement signed, clasp numbered

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF252,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022