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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2000
    Reference No: 1955
    Case No: CC851’599
    Model Name: Baignoire
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Quartz, cal. 057.06, 4 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier pin buckle
    Dimensions: 31mm overall length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cartier has always been at the forefront of creating some of most fascinating timepieces with unique and iconic case design and shapes. In 1913, Cartier released an oval-shaped wristwatch, which then inspired the Baignoire collection. French for “Bathtub” the Cartier Baignoire was introduced in the 1950s and immediately became one of the stars in the fine collection of timepieces that the Parisian house of luxury had to offer.

    The present Cartier Baignoire from circa 2000 is a modern iteration of the iconic model that still thrives today. Encased in its elegant and timeless white gold oval-shaped case lies a clean white dial with Cartier’s signature Roman numerals paired harmoniously with blued hands.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Σ1040

Ref. 1955
A lady's fine and elegant white gold oval-shaped wristwatch

Circa 2000
31mm overall length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$32,000 - 50,000 
€3,400-5,300
$4,100-6,400

Sold for HK$40,320

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021