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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2001
    Reference No: W1532336
    Case No: 2514119’850 AF
    Model Name: Baignoire Allongée
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 060MC, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier pin buckle
    Dimensions: 47mm length x 21mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier certificate dated 31st December 2001 stamped Cartier Hong Kong International Airport, instruction manual, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Cartier Baignoire is simply an elegant timepiece that is iconic and important within the heritage of the Parisian House of Luxury Goods. With the 1950’s being a prolific period for innovative design and aesthetics, the Baignoire was one of them. Featuring an oval shaped case, the appeal of the case can be linked with the shape of the bathtub, hence its name.

    The Baignoire Allongée was launched shortly after, featuring an elongated oval shaped case with a rather pointy apex on the top and bottom of the case. Extremely successful and well-received, the model would go on to inspire arguably Cartier’s most important timepiece, the Crash.

    The present Cartier Baignoire Allongée in 18K white gold from circa 2001 belongs to a modern iteration of the classic timepiece with not too many changes. Boasting a rather similar case and dial design as the original example from the late 1950s, the modern iteration features an upgraded cal. 060MC. With an extremely delightful textured silvered dial featuring its classic style of stretched Roman numerals, the precisely paired blued hands go hand in hand with its signature blue sapphire-tipped crown. Presented in excellent overall condition and accompanied by the original certificate stamped Cartier Hong Kong International airport and box, the original owner of the watch probably did not even plan to acquire the timepiece at first, though arriving a couple of hours before departure enabled him to see the beautiful timepiece in the showcase and had to take him home.

  • 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. W1532336
A fine and attractive white gold wristwatch with certificate and presentation box

Circa 2001
47mm length x 21mm width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$48,000 - 90,000 

Sold for HK$214,200

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020