Cartier - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN Hong Kong Monday, November 26, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2010
    Reference No: 3458
    Model Name: Le Cirque Animalier
    Material: 18K white gold, diamonds and enamels
    Calibre: Manual
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold and diamond-set buckle
    Dimensions: 43 mm diameter
    Accessories: Accompanied with Certificate of Origin authenticating the watch is numbered 7 of a limited edition of 150 pieces, Cartier red leather presentation box, product literature and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    With an extraordinary vision, artisans at Cartier imbibed the imaginary world of Chinese mythologies to create a limited edition collection destined to inspire wonders and admirations.

    Housed in a wondrously crafted openwork case, the present watch features a graceful dragon motif which is silhouetted by 18K white gold, fine diamonds (6.28 carats in total) as well as a beautiful emerald stone for its eye. The dragon motif is repeated on the mother-of-pearl dial, further conferring a sense of decorum and elegance to this gorgeous timepiece. Offered in excellent overall condition, the present lot presents the perfect union of horological finesse and Chinese cultural heritage.

  • 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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Ref. 3458
An elegant and rare limited edition white gold, emerald and diamond-set wristwatch with openwork case of dragon motif, mother-of-pearl dial, Certificate of Origin and box, numbered 7 of a limited edition of 150 pieces

Circa 2010
43 mm diameter

HK$500,000 - 700,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018