Cartier - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2018
    Reference No: 4127
    Case No: No. 8/50
    Model Name: Crash Radieuse
    Material: 18K Yellow Gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 8970 MC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K Yellow Gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38.5mm length x 25.5mm width
    Signed: Dial, case, movement and clasp
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Cartier Certificate stamped Cartier Paris dated 9th September 2018, pouch and fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Synonymous for its intrinsic yet iconic case design due to events during the 1960’s, the inspiration is of somewhat a mystical theory. Some say it was inspired by a Cartier Baignoire Allongé that was found in a car crash which resulted in the case being seriously deformed. However, some may say that it was inspired by the succulent body of work by the famed Salvador Dali, “Melting Clocks”. Though, with that said, the collaboration between the celebrated artist was with Piaget and not Cartier. First introduced in 1967, the Cartier Crash was a rebellious concept that was overcoming barriers of the traditional trend of watchmaking. With most wristwatches still maintaining a classic and traditional approach to watchmaking, the Crash by no means stood out.

    After the launch of the original Crash, Cartier has introduced various reiterations of the highly sought after and rare model. The present example is a modern tribute featuring a new found “wave-like” texture mimicking the mangled dimension of the case. The interesting texture provides an interesting appeal to the Crash translated in a contemporary way which is repeated on the dial. Launched in 2018 in SIHH, the Crash Radieuse was introduced as a limited edition of 50 pieces. The present example is offered in excellent overall condition with all accessories delivered along with the highly sought after timepiece and numbered 8 out of 50 pieces.

  • 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. 4127
A very fine, attractive and rare limited edition asymmetrical yellow gold wristwatch with certificate and presentation box, numbered 8 out of a limited edition of 50 pieces

Circa 2018
38.5mm length x 25.5mm width
Dial, case, movement and clasp

HK$155,000 - 310,000 

Sold for HK$350,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019