Cartier - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2001
    Case No: 116203 AF 2463
    Model Name: Crash
    Material: 18k pink gold and pink diamonds
    Calibre: Mechanical
    Bracelet/Strap: Violet Cartier satin strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Cartier Crash folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 25 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Cartier International Guarantee Certificate dated 2001, product literature and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Cartier 'Crash' watch was first released in late 1967. Legend says that Cartier employees found a Cartier Bagnoire watch in the embers of a car crash. The watch case had melted into the shape of Salvador Dali’s watch in The Persistence of Memory, which inspired the company to produce a similar watch, aptly named 'Crash'.

    Cartier reissued a limited edition series in the 1990s to celebrate the iconic model. Examples fitted with pink diamonds, such as the present watch, are incredibly rare to come by and among the most exclusive of modern 'Crashes' today.

  • 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 lady's very rare and unusual pink gold and pink diamond-set wristwatch with original certificate and fitted presentation box

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

HK$320,000 - 560,000 

Sold for HK$762,500

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016