A very rare and attractive platinum, silver, moonstone, agate and diamond-set guilloché enamel minute repeating desk clock

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1910
    Movement No: 4225
    Case No: 4149
    Material: Platinum, gold, silver, agate, enamel, moonstone, rose-cut diamonds
    Dimensions: 80 mm. length, 58 mm. width and 50 mm. depth
    Signed: Case signed and numbered, dial signed Cartier
    Literature: For another example of a minute repeating Cartier desk clock however with pink enamel case, please see The Art of Cartier, page 257.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present minute repeating clock features a particularly unusual translucent purple enamel cover over an engine turned guilloché metal base. It is easy to identify the Fabergé influence on Cartier by looking at this beautiful clock. The enamel with use of guilloché is beautifully executed. One can really see the 'Russian ray' pattern that Fabergé was best known for, at the time.

    The minute repeating pusher is made of moon stone, and the clock is furthermore embellished with diamond-set hands and diamond-set stars on either side. The clock is housed on an Agate base, which aesthetically compliments the rich purple tone.

    The clock is in excellent overall condition with no restoration to any of the panels, displaying a bright and beautiful purple tone.

  • 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 very rare and attractive platinum, silver, moonstone, agate and diamond-set guilloché enamel minute repeating desk clock

卡地亞,非常罕有,鉑金、銀及琺瑯鑲月亮石、瑪瑙及鑽石三問座鐘,約1910年製

Circa 1910
80 mm. length, 58 mm. width and 50 mm. depth
Case signed and numbered, dial signed Cartier

Estimate
HK$240,000 - 400,000 

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Specialist
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