Cartier - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2010
    Movement No: 11
    Case No: 3342
    Material: 18k white gold, diamonds, rubies and emeralds
    Calibre: Mechanical, 9458 MC, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Cartier crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold and diamond-set Cartier buckle
    Dimensions: 46 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 8/50
    Accessories: With Cartier Certificate of Origin confirming the present watch is numbered 8 of a limited edition of 50 pieces only, DVD, product literature, pouch, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cartier is best known as the "the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers", and the firm's mantra particularly applies here. Merging exquisite gem-set work with horological innovation, the present watch features an in-house flying tourbillon which appears to suspend above the dial. Guarded by a diamond-set crocodile, which curves around the bezel, the watch also features emerald and ruby water lilies, which further compliment the composition at the bottom of the dial.

    The present watch is numbered 8 among a limited edition series of 50 finely crafted timepieces.

  • 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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Property from an Important Collector


A fine and highly attractive white gold and diamond, ruby and emerald-set limited edition tourbillon wristwatch with original certificate and fitted presentation box

Circa 2010
46 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 8/50

HK$800,000 - 1,200,000 

Sold for HK$875,000

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