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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Crica 2008
    Reference No: 3062K
    Case No: 07/50
    Material: 18k yellow gold, diamonds, yellow diamonds and emeralds
    Calibre: Quartz
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Cartier satin strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold and diamond-set Cartier buckle
    Dimensions: 40 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 07/50
    Accessories: With Cartier Certificate of Origin confirming the present watch is numbered 7 of a limited edition of 50 pieces only, setting pin, product literature, DVD, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 'Le Cirque Animalier de Cartier' collection was first created in 2008, to celebrate Cartier's historic creations of modeled animals. While each reference features a different animal, all examples within the series are lavishly crafted with precious stones and metals. Cartier's craftsmen took great lengths to study the proportions of different animals, modeling them as life-like as possible with each time piece.

    All references were created in a limited edition series, and were exceedingly difficult to obtain. The present watch, fitted with a tiger, is crafted using yellow diamonds, diamonds, enamel and emeralds which represent the eyes. The tiger is suspended between two circles held between sapphire crystal. The bezel and band are furthermore adorned with brilliant diamonds, presenting a three dimensional viewing experience. The watch is furthermore numbered 7, from a limited edition series of 50 pieces, and is presented with its original certificate and accompanying accessories.

  • 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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Property of an Important Collector

924

Ref. 3062K
A very fine and rare yellow gold, yellow diamond, emerald and diamond-set limited edition wristwatch with original certificate and fitted presentation box

Crica 2008
40 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 07/50

Estimate
HK$550,000 - 800,000 
€64,600-93,900
$68,000-100,000

Sold for HK$625,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016