A very rare, large, heavy and possibly unique yellow gold and diamond-set bracelet watch

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1980
    Case No: 725'163
    Material: 18k yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Quartz
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold and diamond-set Cartier bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold and diamond-set Cartier concealed clasp
    Dimensions: 30 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This watch is a magnificent and impressive masterpiece, weighing approximately a staggering 35 carats in total. The dial and bezel is composed of baguette-cut diamonds, and the bracelet is fully and lavishly set with brilliant diamonds. The setting on this watch is second to none, and really merges watchmaking with Haute Joaillerie, which is a term used to describe an elite group of pieces which a brand decides to commission in such a stylistically way. It separates a piece from others being manufactured by the brand and is usually of top quality and requested as a special commission. It is highly possible that this watch is unique and designed specially for one of Cartier's most important clients.

  • 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, large, heavy and possibly unique yellow gold and diamond-set bracelet watch

卡地亞,非常罕有及獨特,18K黃金鑲鑽石,石英鏈帶腕錶,約1980年製

Circa 1980
30 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$600,000 - 800,000 

sold for HK$562,500

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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