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    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 Imperial Dragon Cloisonné Gold, Enamel and Diamond 'Pasha' Wristwatch

Dial with cloisonné enamel representing a black imperial dragon
Automatic movement, 27 jewels
Bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Crocodile strap with deployant clasp
18K gold and pink gold
Length approximately 23.3 cm
Case diameter 3.8 cm
Swiss assay marks
Accompanied by a Cartier Instruction Manual, red leather box, suede pouch and service receipt

Potential bidders who intend to export this lot are advised that certain permits may be required. Please contact the Jewels Department prior to bidding on this lot.

HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$226,800

Contact Specialist

Charlene Lau
Head of Jewels, Hong Kong
+852 2318 2039
[email protected]

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 5 June 2021