Cartier - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX Hong Kong Monday, May 28, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2012
    Case No: 3453, limited edition no. 007/100
    Model Name: Rotonde de Cartier
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: manual, cal. 9601 MC, 20 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Cartier leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: case, dial, movement, strap and clasp signed
    Accessories: With Cartier Certificate stamped by Paris Cartier boutique and dated May 7, 2012, Certificat d'Origine stamped by Paris Cartier boutique, product literature, DVD, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cartier is worldwide renowned as one of the most respected and admired jewelry firms, but that is a reductive point of view. In fact, Cartier is also a watchmaker, producing some of the most exquisite and iconic timepieces ever designed, and also one of the first player in the wristwatch market. For example, the cartier Tank - one of their most beloved design - was launched immediately after WWI, when wristwatches had just begun to gain public acknowledgment.

    The present piece is a perfect embodiment of the two souls of the Maison: the Rotonde de Cartier is a modern proposal by the company which maintains unaltered the elegance and style which have distinguished the brand over the past century, but which also present very contemporary and appealing design features, such as the oversized case and the glazed back. But this wristwatch is also a canvas onto which Cartier shows its proficiency with high-end decorative techniques often inherited by the jewelry side of Cartier's development process. In fact, an entire department has been set up in an restructered old barn in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This now-state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to preserving and innovating heritage watchmaking technique such as the one exemplified on this watch: grisaille enamel.

    Grand feu enameling consists in literally baking enamel powder in a kiln to obtain a very smooth and durable enamel surface. There are however more advanced techniques, one of them being grisaille enameling - exemplified in this piece - which consists of using exclusive white and black enamel, and all the intermediate shades of gray ("gris" in French, hence the name) to obtain a painted decoration. In this case the elected subject is the tiger, since the beginning of the past century one of the symbols of the maison.

    Offered completed of its original documents and box, it is the first time this watch is seen on the market. This limited edition timepiece is a rare occasion for the collector of refined wristwatches to own remarkable example of Cartier's creativity, ingenuity and timeless style.

  • Artist Biography



    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 fine white gold wristwatch with grisaille enamel dial, Certificate and box. Number 7 of a 100 pieces limited edition

Circa 2012
42mm diameter
case, dial, movement, strap and clasp signed

HK$290,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$537,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018