Cartier - Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR Geneva Friday, November 11, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: circa 1990
    Case No: A 109'819 and engraved 5065 inside caseback
    Model Name: Baignoire Allongée
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 78-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold deployant buckle signed Cartier
    Dimensions: 23mm wide, 52mm long
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Cartier pouch

  • Catalogue Essay

    There are few designs that are as relevant today as they were a century ago. Cartier’s famed “Baignoire” wristwatch is one rare example. Collectors nicknamed the model the “bathtub”, due to its elegant elongated rounded shape. The Baignoire was introduced in 1906 and is a playful example of Cartier's unconventional and emblematic designs that emanate the aura of luxury and have stood the test of time. The present lot is very rare as we only know of one other Cartier Baignoire from 1990 with diamonds ,it is furthermore in superb and untouched condition. With its pavé diamond case, it is an impressive timepiece reflecting the glamour and elegance of Parisian chic. The rarity of the timepiece is further enhanced by the fact that it was manufactured in France, the home of Cartier and not Switzerland where the majority of Cartier’s timepieces are now produced.

  • 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 fine and rare yellow gold and diamond-set elongated oval lady’s wristwatch

circa 1990
23mm wide, 52mm long
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF17,500

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016