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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 2012
    Reference No: 3269
    Model Name: Ronde de Cartier
    Material: 18K white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9754 MC, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier buckle
    Dimensions: 42 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Guarantee stamped by Cartier Taipei on October 2, 2012, Certificate of Origin confirming that the present watch is numbered 100 of a limited edition of 100 examples, red Cartier fitted presentation box and operation instruction

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot amply epitomizes the wondrous creativity of the luxury watchmaker and jeweler Cartier.

    The dragon is one of the most ancient and sacred cultural symbols in China, signifying Chinese heritage, tradition and civilization. Painted against a backdrop of red wave-like pattern, the roaring dragon, with diamond-set eyes, is depicted with five claws. Historically, the five-clawed dragon motif is reserved for emperors only, further emphasizing the grandeur and majesty of this timepiece. The diamond-set bezel further bestows the present timepiece with a luxurious aura that is evident to all.

    Launched in 2012 - the year of Dragon - the present lot offers the perfect union of Occidental horological finesse and Oriental design philosophy. The present lot is numbered 100 of a limited edition of 100 examples, and is by all means an extravagant and culturally significant timepiece.

  • 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. 3269
A fine and attractive limited edition white gold wristwatch with “Dragon” cloisonné enamel dial, diamond-set bezel, Certificate of Origin, Guarantee and box, numbered 100 of a limited edition of 100 pieces

2012
42 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$240,000 - 300,000 
€26,500-33,100
$30,800-38,500

Sold for HK$362,500

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]

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