Until the 1930s, always knowing the time meant wearing a pocket watch, usually on a waistcoat chain. Cartier, who developed the design of its own watches since Louis arrived in 1898, focused on making objects of genuine elegance.

The Maison created a style of dial that it would never abandon, with radiating Roman numerals and a “railroad-track” minute circle. Certain pocket watches were pieces of jewellery paved with precious stones; others were "Mystery" models like the fascinating clocks with the same name.

POCKET WATCH WITH DOUBLE CHAPTER RING

CARTIER PARIS, 1911

Platinum, calibré-cut sapphires. 

Round LeCoultre calibre 140 movement, fausses Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated, 8 adjustments, 18 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring.

Diameter 4.51 cm

 

 

GRANDE COMPLICATION SKELETON

CARTIER PARIS, 1914

Platinum, onyx cabochon. 

Round LeCoultre calibre 139 movement, fausses Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated, 8 adjustments, 18 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring.

4.0 x 4.0 cm

MYSTERY POCKET WATCH

CARTIER PARIS, 1931

Yellow gold, crystal, black enamel. 

Engraved on back of case: November 1934. 

Rectangular LeCoultre calibre 409 basic movement with additional plate, vertical striped decoration, rhodium-plated, 15 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, flat balance spring.

4.10 x 4.10 cm