A fine and rare platinum wristwatch with unusual lugs with movement by European Watch and Clock Company

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1930
    Case No: Hand stamped Cartier reference 18'122 and 22'932
    Material: Platinum and yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Dimensions: 15 mm. width
    Signed: Case and lugs with Cartier hand stamped reference number, dial signed Cartier and movement signed European Watch and Clock Co

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch cased in platinum houses a movement by European Watch and Clock Co, which is correct for the period. Preserved in excellent and very original condition, the present watch gives us a look into Cartier's history, presenting us with the tastes and whims of society in the 1930s.

  • Maker Bio

    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 fine and rare platinum wristwatch with unusual lugs with movement by European Watch and Clock Company

卡地亞,精細及罕有,鉑金腕錶,配獨特錶耳,機芯由European Watch and Clock Company所製,約1930年製

Circa 1930
15 mm. width
Case and lugs with Cartier hand stamped reference number, dial signed Cartier and movement signed European Watch and Clock Co

Estimate
HK$64,000 - 96,000 

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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