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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2019
    Reference No: 4127
    Case No: 19144YX
    Model Name: Crash London Edition
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 8971 MC, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Cartier folding clasp
    Dimensions: 42.3mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Cartier certificate dated 15th November 2019 stamped Cartier New Bond Street London, 2 red pouches, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Most would agree that the Cartier Crash is the most iconic wristwatch manufactured by the firm, due to its unique asymmetrical case design immediately connecting dots with Salvador Dali’s “Persistence of Memory” as well as the form of a melted Maxi Baignoire Allongée. With that said, regardless of the story behind the watch, the Crash is arguably one of the most fascinating wristwatches manufactured in the 20th century.

    With a case that immediately draw one’s attention, the fluid facets and soft curves interpreted is without a doubt refreshing. Initially introduced by Cartier London in 1967, the Crash has enjoyed various iterations since its launch with gem-set models and skeletonized versions. However in 2019, Cartier introduced the ref. 4127 featuring and inspired by much of the same aesthetics as the very first example from the late 1960’s. Launched in commemoration of Cartier London’s Bond Street boutique reopening, the watch is only available for purchase at the specific boutique.

    The present example is offered in excellent overall condition and has never seen a wrist. Accompanied by the full set of accessories, the present timepiece is perhaps one of the best homages paid by a manufacturer in recent times to revive one of the most iconic wristwatches of the 20th century.

  • 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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Ref. 4127
A very fine, unusual and rare asymmetric yellow gold wristwatch with certificate and box

Circa 2019
42.3mm length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$155,000 - 310,000 

Sold for HK$750,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020