• Lot 195

    Cartier. A highly rare and unusual 18K gold and enamel ball-shaped bezel-wound desk timepiece with 18K gold, enamel and nephrite stand

    SIGNED CARTIER, NO. 1332, MOVEMENT SIGNED EUROPEAN WATCH & CLOCK CO. AND ZENITH, NUMBERED 1026465, CASE SIGNED EWC CO. AND NUMBERED 1026465 AND 582, MANUFACTURED IN 1925

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    Cartier. A highly rare and unusual 18K gold and enamel ball-shaped bezel-wound desk timepiece with 18K gold, enamel and nephrite stand
    Signed Cartier, No. 1332, movement signed European Watch & Clock Co. and Zenith, numbered 1026465, case signed EWC Co. and numbered 1026465 and 582, manufactured in 1925
    Nickel-finished lever movement, 15 jewels, wound by turning the bezel clockwise, the hands set by depressing a button on the back of the case and turning the bezel, silvered engine-turned sunburst decorated dial, Roman numerals on blank chapter ring, gold snake-shaped hands, in spherical case consisting of radiating geometric panels, black enamel revolving bezel, on two-part square-shaped nephrite stand, four gold and black enamel cobra head holders, case numbered, dial signed, movement signed European Watch & Clock Co. and Zenith
    56 mm. diam., 69 mm. overall height


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    Another spherical clock on stand is described and illustrated in The Cartier Collection - Timepieces, Editions Flammarion, pp. 308 & 309, and in Le Temps de Cartier by Jader Barracca, Giampiero Negretti, Franco Nencini, pp. 177 & 188.

    Whereas the latter examples are of very similar design, consisting of an enamelled sphere resting on four straight legs, the present model is entirely different: a plain sphere with distinctive geometric design resting on a highly unusual stand consisting of three lifelike cobra heads with ruby-set eyes. This altogether more interesting and innovative version of the standard examples would appear to be unrecorded in any of the Cartier reference works.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the stand is in nephrite and not jadeite as stated in the printed catalogue.
    Veuillez noter que le socle est en nephrite et non pas jade comme mentionne dans la version imprimee du catalogue.