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: No. 6 of 40
    Model Name: Cartier d’Art Ballon Bleu, Sea Turtle
    Material: 18K white gold, champlevé enamel and mother-of-pearl
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1904 MC, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Cartier crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 46mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: With red Cartier fitted presentation box, Cartier Certificate dated October 2, 2012, additional certificate confirming the watch is number 6 of 40 timepieces, Cartier CD, product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is part of a limited edition boutique exclusive series that follows the traditions of the past with fine enameling, engraving and marquetry workmanship. Number 6 of 40 pieces, the sea turtle is created with champlevé enameling in which enamel is applied to an engraved design, all surrounded by mother-of-pearl. Other examples include a Ballon Bleu champlevé enamel Elephant, Tortue champlevé enamel Panda, and a Santos marquetry Tiger.

  • 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 rare and highly attractive limited edition white gold, champlevé enamel and mother-of-pearl "sea turtle" wristwatch with presentation box and certificate, No. 6 of 40

Circa 2012
46mm. Diameter
Case, movement and clasp signed

HK$240,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$400,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018