TONNEAU WRISTWATCH

CARTIER PARIS, 1908

Yellow gold, one sapphire cabochon, leather strap. 

Round LeCoultre calibre 10HPVM movement, gold-plated, 18 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, flat balance spring. 

Sold to Countess von Hohenfelsen, the morganatic wife of Grand Duke Paul of Russia, and one of Cartier’s most important clients.

2.95 x 2.30 cm (case)

Louis Cartier was the first to set the design codes of modern watchmaking from the perspective of a jeweller. A pioneer of his time, he believed the beauty of a watch was not just a matter of its decoration. The size, shape and proportions, the look of the metal, and the harmony between bracelet and case were just as important. He soon became interested in "Special-Shaped watches" – those with a case that broke away from the traditional round design. "Tonneau" (barrel) shaped watches in 1906, square cases from 1908, and "tortue" (turtle) shapes in 1912 were the first examples of very beautiful watchmaking created by an innovative jeweller. Cartier never stopped conceiving new shapes, sometimes eccentric, often very daring, but always refined.

TORTUE

WRISTWATCH

CARTIER PARIS, 1919

Platinum, one sapphire cabochon, leather strap. 

Engraved on back of case: From the personnel American officer’s Hotel Paris, May 17th 1919. 

Round LeCoultre calibre 126 movement, fausses Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated, 8 adjustments, 19 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring.

3.25 x 2.25 cm (case)

WRISTWATCH
WITH CURVED BEZEL

CARTIER PARIS, 1965

Yellow and pink gold, leather strap. Ribbed flat winding crown on the back of the case. 

Round LeCoultre calibre 496 movement, fausses Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated, 15 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, monometallic balance, flat balance spring.

2.8 x 2.0 cm (case)

CRASH
WRISTWATCH

CARTIER PARIS, 1967

Yellow gold, one sapphire cabochon, leather strap. 

Barrel-shaped LeCoultre calibre 840 movement, Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, monometallic balance, flat balance spring. 

Tradition holds that this model represents an interpretation of a watch damaged in a crash.

4.25 x 2.50 cm (case)

MAXI OVAL
WRISTWATCH

CARTIER LONDON, 1969

Yellow gold, one sapphire cabochon, leather strap. 

Barrel-shaped LeCoultre calibre 840 movement, Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, monometallic balance, flat balance spring.

5.25 x 2.28 cm (case)