Cartier - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1999
    Case No: A115’763, inside caseback stamped “11688”
    Model Name: Baignoire Allongée
    Material: 18K white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 078, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Nylon
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 54mm length and 23mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier certificate stamped Boutique Cartier Bologna dated 1999, instruction manual, red folder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    There are few iconic designs that are as relevant today as they were a century ago, when it comes to experimenting with various shapes with distinctive personality, the Parisian house of luxury goods Cartier is certainly one of the most influential icon. With the 1950’s being a prolific period for innovative design and aesthetics, the Baignoire was certainly one of them. Introduced in 1957 and available in the New York and London Boutiques of the maison, the Baignoire features an oval shaped case, the appeal of the case resembles the shape of the bathtub, hence its name. Soon after its introduction, the brand further experimented with the model and introduced the Baignoire Allongée with an elongated twist based on its original. Well-balanced with and elegant sense of proportion, the Baignoire Allongée notably became the muse behind the iconic Cartier Crash.

    Faithful to its original design, the present white gold variant of the Baignore Allongée from circa 1999 is dressed with glamour and elegance of Parisian chic. Adorned with diamonds in contrast with the ivory hued guilloché dial, the sword hands are finished in blued steel which adds a nice touch of colour to its monotoned appeal. Although it measures with a dramatic 54mm by 23mm case, its curved shape wraps around the wrist with incredible comfort. Featuring the classic Roman numerals and secret signature and 7 o’clock, the inscription of Paris on the dial further adds rarity to the timepiece. Preserved in a stunning condition, the present example is accompanied with its Cartier certificate and accessories.

  • 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 attractive white gold and diamond-set wristwatch, certificate and presentation box

Circa 1999
54mm length and 23mm width
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$115,000 - 230,000 

Sold for HK$327,600

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022