Cartier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1970
    Case No: 781'010'635
    Model Name: Square Incurvée "Fabergé"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. ETA 2512,17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 26mm Width and 33mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Exuding charm, the present "Gondolo", or "Ellipse" represents what Cartier is best at: combining watchmaking with iconic design. In the second half of the 20th century, Cartier created some of the most impressive, creative and iconic designs of its multi-century history, imaging a multitude of case shapes as a canvas for their horological creations.

    Cased in yellow gold, the present model is called the Square Incurvée due to the likeness of the case to a curved square. It joins the echelons of other fantastically designed watches such as the Crash, Baignoire and Pebble, to name a few. The curved yellow gold case shaped perfectly contrasts against the eggshell white dial. Furthermore, the "Paris" notation on the dial makes it very 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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From the Guido Mondani Collection


A rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch

Circa 1970
26mm Width and 33mm Length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF4,000 - 8,000 

Sold for CHF19,050

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024