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Watchmaking

From signature pieces – shaped watches, mysterious clocks and precious watchmaking – to creations which sparked an unprecedented creative vision in the field, the Collection tells the story of a unique 170-year history and encapsulates the pursuit of both aesthetics and technical innovation.

Enamelled watch on chatelaine

Cartier Paris, 1874
Gold, polychrome enamel, pearls.
A chatelaine is a long chain worn at the waist by both men and women since the 17th century.

Desk clock with annular dial

Cartier Paris, 1907
Gold, platinum, silver, silver-gilt, enamel, diamonds
Sold to Anna Gould (1875-1961)

Santos-Dumont wristwatch

Cartier Paris, 1912
Yellow gold, one sapphire cabochon, leather strap.
This particularly rare piece is one of the very first Santos wristwatches created by Cartier.

Tonneau wristwatch

Cartier Paris, 1915
Gold, sapphires, leather strap
Provenance: King Constantine I of Greece (1868-1923)

Panther pattern wristwatch

Cartier Paris, 1914
Platinum, pink gold, rose-cut diamonds, onyx, black moiré strap.
This watch represents Cartier’s very first use of the “panther-skin” motif.

Model A mystery clock

Cartier Paris, 1918
Platinum, gold, rock crystal, nephrite, sapphires, diamonds, enamel
The base is decorated with the monogram O for Olga Constantinovna and the royal crown.
The first Model A mystery clocks were released in 1912. They were given this name as their platinum and diamond hands appear not to be connected to any movement.
Provenance: Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna of Russia (1851-1926)

Tank wristwatch

Cartier Paris, 1920
Platinum, gold, sapphire, leather strap.
This particularly rare timepiece is one of the very first Tank wristwatches created by Cartier.

Large portique mystery clock

Cartier Paris, 1923
Gold, platinum, rock crystal, diamonds, onyx, coral, enamel.
This clock, in the form of a Shinto “shrine gate” (portique), was the first in a series of six. Each clock was unique and made by Cartier between 1923 and 1925.

Egyptian striking clock

Cartier Paris, 1927
Gold, silver-gilt, mother-of-pearl, coral, fluorspar, carnelian, lapis lazuli, enamel.
Sold to Mrs Blumenthal (1873-1930)

Tortue minute repeater wristwatch

Cartier Paris, 1928
Gold, leather strap.
This exceedingly rare Tortue watch houses a most sophisticated complication: the repeating slide is used to make the minute-repeater mechanism strike the hour, quarter-hour and minute.

Tutti Frutti bracelet-watch

Cartier Paris, 1929
Platinum, sapphires, rubies, emerald and sapphire cabochons.

Bracelet-watch

Cartier Paris, 1938
Gold, faceted citrines.

Crash wristwatch

Cartier Paris, 1967
Yellow gold, one sapphire cabochon, leather strap.
This model is traditionally said to depict an interpretation of a watch damaged in a crash.

Santos de Cartier wristwatch with automatic movement

Cartier, 1981
Gold, steel, blue spinel. Model created in 1978


Santos 100 Flying Tourbillon wristwatch with tiger motif

Cartier, 2010
Gold, wood marquetry, leather strap

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