Cartier - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2001
    Reference No: WL408031
    Case No: 120'232 AF and 2486
    Model Name: Baignoire Allongée
    Material: 18k pink gold and pink diamonds
    Calibre: Mechanical, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Light violet Cartier satin strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Cartier folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 24 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Cartier Certificate dated 22 May 2002 confirming the present watch is fitted with pink diamonds with pink gold case, and is produced in one example of special design and delivered on July 2001, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This watch, delivered in 2001 and confirmed by its Cartier certificate, was made on special order in one example only for Cartier's esteemed clients. Featuring a pink gold case with matching pink gold numerals, the watch furthermore features pink diamonds that adorn the outer case and band. Even the crown is fitted with a pink diamond, whereas normal examples are fitted with a white diamond. These elements blend together in a gorgeous manner, further heightened by the fact that this watch is a unique piece.

    Cartier hardly ever created unique pieces for clients, given the firm's reputation as a world class, exclusive jeweler. Only their most distinguished and exclusive clientele had the privilege of specializing their timepieces. It is apparent that the client whom commissioned the present watch had a great eye for design, style and colour.

  • 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. WL408031
A fine, large and unique pink gold and pink diamond-set oval wristwatch with original certificate

Circa 2001
24 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$240,000 - 480,000 

Sold for HK$487,500

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