Cartier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 1996
    Case No: 1/1 and A112946
    Model Name: Cloche
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9P2, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 25mm Width and 33mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Literature: The present watch is prominently illustrated in White Cartier Bianco by Osvaldo Patrizzi, numbered 168.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Originally produced in the 1920s, the "Cloche", later known as the "Pagode", was a completely novel design for the period. Asymmetrical and designed with a curved side, it most resembled a service bell, made to be rung at a counter. It joins mythic models such as the Cintrée, Crash, Baignoire Allongée, all of which are cornerstones of Cartier's brilliant history.

    Cased in platinum, the present watch is unique, numbered 1/1 on the case back and was made in 1996 as a special order timepiece most probably to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Cartier. It is prominently illustrated in the tome White Cartier Bianco by Osvaldo Patrizzi. Similar examples were also sold in the iconic Magical Art of Cartier sale the very same year. The dial display Roman numerals with a guilloché dial - the result is nothing short of stunning and eye-catching. Special order and unique pieces are very rare to come by, as their owners guard them fiercely due to their rarity.

    Most recently, the Cloche was created as limited edition in 2021 as part of Cartier's most recent Collection Privée.

  • 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 unique and special order cloche-shaped platinum wristwatch with Roman numerals, numbered 1 out 1

25mm Width and 33mm Length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF107,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022