A very fine and rare white gold and diamond-set limited edition wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2011
    Reference No: 3269
    Case No: 3269008
    Material: 18k white gold, diamonds and enamel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 9754, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Cartier crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Cartier folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved No 008/100
    Accessories: With Cartier Certificate of Origin confirming the present watch is numbered 8 of a limited edition of 100 pieces in total, product literature, pouch, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This Cartier watch features a magnificent cloisonné enamel imperial dragon, evoking images of chinoiserie from the 18th century. Rendered in shades of burgundy, red, black and silver, this dial is produced at the highest quality.

    Watches fitted with cloisonné enamel dials are notoriously difficult to produce, given the time and finesse in crafting and molding the cloisons. It comes as no surprise that this watch was produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces only. This watch is numbered 8, which is also a lucky number in Chinese tradition and highlights the rarity of the time piece.

    The watch is furthermore fitted with a brilliant diamond bezel which is very attractive and brings attention to the dial. The dragon is furthermore fitted with two brilliant diamonds that act as the eyes. Offered in excellent and pristine condition, this watch is also accompanied with all original accessories.

  • 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. 3269
A very fine and rare white gold and diamond-set limited edition wristwatch with cloisonné enamel dial

卡地亞,非常精細及罕有,18K白金鑲鑽石腕錶,配掐絲琺瑯錶盤,型號3269,限量生產,約2011年製

Circa 2011
42 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved No 008/100

Estimate
HK$320,000 - 480,000 

sold for HK$437,500

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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