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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 1969
    Case No: 9376
    Model Name: Maxi Oval
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, Jaeger LeCoultre cal. K840, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold link chain bracelet, max. length 160 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold clasp
    Dimensions: 58mm. Overall length, 32mm. Width
    Signed: Case, dial, and movement signed. Dial signed Cartier London. Outer caseback stamped Florence, a trip to remember, with love, Joe, Case and links furthermore stamped with UK essay marks for 1969 and 1970 respectively

  • Catalogue Essay

    During the 1960s, Audemars Piguet and Jaeger LeCoultre made movements for the iconic jewelry company, Cartier, which sourced the best quality movements to meet their highest quality standards.

    Known for their elegant designs, this stunning yellow gold Cartier variation of the Baignoire is rarely ever seen with this kind of oversized accentuated style of the case. Beautifully complemented by the large link bracelet, this watch looks absolutely sophisticated while sitting upon a wrist, taking us back to the late 1960s.

    It is fitted with the caliber K 840, a movement made by Jaeger LeCoultre specifically for the model. The dial features large Roman numerals to match the size of the case, and is stamped London. The caseback is engraved “Florence, a trip to remember with love Joe” which indicates this watch was most probably bought to commemorate a special trip.

    Cartier and London marks are featured on the links and on the clasp, which shows us the attention to detail when crafting this gorgeous piece. Preserved in excellent condition, this watch is sure to make a statement and teleport its owner back to that unforgettable, romantic city of Florence.

  • Artist Biography

    Cartier

    French

    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 very rare, elegant, and oversized oval yellow gold watch with bracelet composed of oval links

1969
58mm. Overall length, 32mm. Width
Case, dial, and movement signed. Dial signed Cartier London. Outer caseback stamped Florence, a trip to remember, with love, Joe, Case and links furthermore stamped with UK essay marks for 1969 and 1970 respectively

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for CHF62,500

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm