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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 207

    Cartier. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with moon phase

    SIGNED CARTIER, NO. 18895, MOVEMENT AND CASE SIGNED EUROPEAN WATCH AND CLOCK CO. INC. AND LECOULTRE, SWISS, CIRCA 1925

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    Cartier. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with moon phase
    Signed Cartier, no. 18895, movement and case signed European Watch and Clock Co. Inc. and LeCoultre, Swiss, circa 1925
    Nickel-finished lever movement, 40 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, repeating on two hammers onto two gongs, off-white dial, Roman numerals, outer railway five minute divisions, three subsidiary dials for 30 minutes register combined with month and leap year, day and date, aperture for moon phase, circular case, snap on back, repeating slide in the band, chronograph functions operated through a button in the band and through the crown, case and movement signed European Watch and Clock Co. Inc. and LeCoultre, dial signed Cartier
    51 mm. diam.


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    The present watch is a very fine and rare example of a "grand complication" watch signed Cartier, combining a state-of-the art minute repeating, perpetual calendar and split seconds chronograph movement and a high quality case of timeless elegance. The rarity of this collector's piece is furthermore enhanced by its excellent, original overall condition.

    The collaboration between the famous houses Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre is most probably the oldest and longest partnership between two manufacturers. Already in 1903, the Alsatian watchmaker Edmond Jaeger was commissioned by the Parisian fine jeweler Cartier with the supply of movements for their emerging watch business, which were manufactured in their "European Watch & Clock Company" workshops. In the same year, Jaeger and the Swiss watchmaker Antoine LeCoultre, a pioneer in the field of precision and a brilliant inventor, joined forces.

    Over the years, the firms of Jaeger and LeCoultre (which merged in 1925 and became Jaeger-LeCoultre) produced mechanical movements for various of Cartier's most famous timepieces, most notably Santos and Tank, the eclipse pocket watches and eight-day watches.