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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 2012
    Reference No: 3469
    Model Name: Le Cirque Animalier
    Material: 18K white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier clasp
    Dimensions: 35 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Certificate of Origin, red Cartier fitted presentation box, red pouch and operation instruction.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 2008, the Le Cirque Animalier de Cartier is an exclusive watch collection featuring a wide array of different animal motifs. In the summer of 2012, Cartier, inspired by the astonishing beauty of nature, released a new lineup of rare timepieces which wondrously pay tribute to the season's serene sunny days.

    Housed in a finely crafted 18K white gold case, the timepiece contains a beautiful cloisonné enamel dial depicting two endearing ladybugs against the backdrop of pinkish flower petals. The delicate rendering of the ladybugs is reminiscent of the art-deco ladybug brooches of which Cartier first released in the early 1930s. The striking dial is further ornamented with the astoundingly beautiful bezel which is fitted with brilliant-cut diamonds.

    Preserved in excellent overall condition and accompanied with Certificate of Origin and presentation box, the present lot is a magnificent bejeweled timepiece which will feed off its beholders with joy and amazement.

  • 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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Ref. 3469
A fine and attractive lady’s limited edition white gold wristwatch with “Ladybug” cloisonné enamel dial, diamond-set bezel, Certificate of Origin and box, numbered 10 of a limited edition of 30 pieces

2012
35 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$240,000 - 400,000 
€26,500-44,200
$30,800-51,300

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018