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    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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An 18 carat yellow gold tonneau-shaped single button chronograph wristwatch, by Cartier

Signed ‘Cartier, Paris’, Tortue Chronograph model, ref. 2356B, No. 0160 CC, c. 1998,
Cal. 045 nickel-finished lever movement engraved with the Cartier logo, 22 jewels,
the engine-turned silvered dial with Roman and applied dot numerals, blued steel
moon-style hands, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes
register, in tonneau-shaped case with extended lugs, glazed display back secured
by eight screws, chronograph mechanism operated through the sapphire-set crown,
18 carat gold Cartier bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial, movement and clasp
signed, convention hallmarks for 18-carat gold, 34 mm wide & 45 mm overall length.
Accompanied by fitted presentation box and outer packaging

£20,000 - 30,000 


7 June 2011