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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 1997
    Model Name: Diamond Crash
    Material: 18ct Yellow Gold
    Calibre: Cartier Manual Wind 1978-2
    Bracelet/Strap: Calf
    Clasp/Buckle: 18ct Folding Clasp Yellow Gold
    Accessories: Original Cartier Certificate

  • 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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The Cartier Crash is one of the Maison's most recognised creations, coveted by scholars and devotees of the world’s most famous jeweller, but recent years have started to bring the watch to a wider stage as more and more collectors recognise its rarity and matchless off-beat elegance. Based on an iconic design from the mid-sixties London atelier, the 1990's saw a re-edition produced in 200 units, with a further small run set with brilliant white diamonds on the case and crown. Complete with its original certificate that confirms the original sale in March 1997, we are pleased to present this manually wound dress watch found in superb condition.