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  • Catalogue Essay

    The classic Pasha watch was first introduced in 1932 at the request of the Sultan of Marrakech named Pasha. It is the first waterproof timepiece from Cartier to keep up with the ruler’s active lifestyle, not only could it be worn for daily swims, but is also elegant enough for royal duties. Cartier also has had a long history of creating iconic animal-themed jewellery and watches for royalty and celebrities. One of the most famous of all animal motifs – and a lasting symbol of the house of Cartier — is the panther. The present wristwatch combines two of Cartier’s most iconic designs was released in a limited series of 20 pieces and the current example is No.1.

  • 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 Limited Edition Karat Yellow Gold, Enamel and Diamond Automatic Wristwatch, Pasha, Cartier, Circa 2010

Case and movement signed Cartier, case numbered 2832 and No. 01/20

HK$200,000 - 280,000 

Sold for HK$250,000

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Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019