A fine pink gold wristwatch with sweep center seconds and date

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2008
    Reference No: 2999
    Case No: 70996SX
    Model Name: Ballon Bleu
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 049, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Cartier fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    A relatively new family of watches produced by Cartier in the mid 2000’s, the Ballon Bleu epitomizes the aura of elegance, which is always achieved by the firm. Featuring a round fluid case, with the sapphire cabochon-set crown protected by “Ballon” style crown guards, it is without a doubt an iconic case design and elegant on the wrist. The present example in pink gold with a silvered guilloche dial featuring classic Cartier Roman numerals is a perfect Christmas gift for the elegant gentleman.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 2999
A fine pink gold wristwatch with sweep center seconds and date

卡地亞,藍氣球型號2999,18K玫瑰金腕錶,備中心秒針、日期,約2008年製。附錶盒

Circa 2008
42mm Diameter
Dial, case, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$30,000 - 50,000 
€3,500-5,800
$3,800-6,400

sold for HK$65,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019