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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2000s
    Reference No: 2514
    Case No: 117596AF, inside caseback stamped “13231”
    Model Name: Baignoire Allongée
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 060MC, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Cartier bracelet, max length 165mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 47mm length x 21mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Not many watches are truly timeless, but when it comes to Cartier, their designs are as popular today as they were a century ago. Champions of elegant icons, the Parisian Maison took the world by storm with the introduction of the Baignoire in 1957, a model that was made to last beyond the peak of the “Swinging Sixties”. Shaping the history of traditional watchmaking with adventurous forms, the manufacturer steered away from their distinctive angular cases and revived a “bathtub” shaped wristwatch inspired by its unnamed predecessor from 1912. Boasting beautiful proportions, this chic modern heirloom graced the wrists of legendary style symbols such as actresses Catherine Deneuve, Romy Schneider and Jeanne Moreau.

    If the shape of the original Baignoire is daring, the out-stretched form of the Baignoire Allongée is downright audacious. Well received among watch collectors, the successful second chapter of the model was born in 1973, sporting a slender oval case that was previously only ever produced by Cartier’s London and New York workshops. Beautifully balanced and statuesque, the elongated iteration notably became the muse behind the exciting and exotic Cartier Crash.

    True to its original design, the present white gold example is no ordinary Baignoire Allongée. Featuring a dial with Clous de Paris guilloche, the warm white canvas is completed with coral red dramatic Roman numerals and a pair of sword hands finished in blued steel. Topped with a signature cabochon sapphire crown and a white gold Grain de Riz bracelet, this timepiece is no doubt the rarest of its kind, crafted to make heads turn.

    Produced at the turn of the millennium, the present Baignoire Allongée is a well-preserved specimen in excellent overall condition. Sporting a slim profile and a slightly curved case, this is the perfect dress watch for the modern gentry as it wears comfortably on the wrist and is a versatile piece that can be worn on any occasion.

  • 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. 2514
A rare, unusual and attractive white gold wristwatch with guilloche dial, red Roman numerals and integrated bracelet

Circa 2000s
47mm length x 21mm width
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$160,000 - 320,000 
€20,900-41,800
$20,500-41,000

Sold for HK$352,800

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)