A fine and rare yellow gold, diamond and sapphire-set square wristwatch with sweep centre seconds

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2013
    Reference No: WM503051
    Case No: 18014LX and 3022
    Model Name: Santos 100
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds and sapphires
    Calibre: Automatic, 049, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Cartier crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Cartier folding double deployant buckle
    Dimensions: 40 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Cartier Certificate dated 18 June 2013, instruction manual, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Santos model was first created in 1904 by Louis Cartier in honour of his friend, and aviation legend, Alberto Santos-Dumont. Since then, Cartier has produced many variations of the renowned Santos watches, making the model an instant classic within the watch community. The present watch, Santos 100, is a very fine example of the iconic model. The bezel, lugs, band and crown is lavishly set with brilliant-cut diamonds. What further highlights the present watch is the tapered-cut sapphire-set bezel that perfectly contrasts with the robust yellow gold case. Offered in almost like new condition, the present watch is a highly collectible wristwatch.

  • 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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Ref. WM503051
A fine and rare yellow gold, diamond and sapphire-set square wristwatch with sweep centre seconds

卡地亞,精細及罕有,18K黃金鑲鑽石及藍寶石,正方形自動上弦腕錶,配中心秒針,“Santos 100”,型號WM503051,約2013年製

Circa 2013
40 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$450,000 - 650,000 

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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