Cartier - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2014
    Reference No: 3000
    Case No: 116965LX
    Model Name: Ballon Bleu de Cartier
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 049, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold Cartier bracelet, 165 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Cartier concealed folding double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch features all distinguished elements of the Ballon Bleu de Cartier collection. With a white gold curved case, the watch is fitted with black Roman numerals against a silvered engine-turned dial, adding a dash of elegance to the wrist. What further compliments the watch is the cabochon sapphire-set crown within the protective curved arch, giving the watch a classic yet eye-catching futuristic appearance.

  • 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. 3000
A fine white gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet

Circa 2014
42 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$100,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016