• Lot 2787

    CARTIER, "CRASH"

    ATTRACTIVE AND HIGHLY UNUSUAL, LADY'S 950 PLATINUM MANUAL-WINDING ASYMMETRIC WRISTWATCH WITH A UNIQUE CUSTOM-MADE DIAL

    CASE NO. 121883 AF 2573, CIRCA 2002

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    CARTIER, "CRASH"

    ATTRACTIVE AND HIGHLY UNUSUAL, LADY'S 950 PLATINUM MANUAL-WINDING ASYMMETRIC WRISTWATCH WITH A UNIQUE CUSTOM-MADE DIAL
    CASE NO. 121883 AF 2573, CIRCA 2002

    Calibre 1978-2, 17 jewels, the burgundy dial with Roman numerals, secret signature at VII, in two-part case, back fastened by four screws in the band, cabochon sapphire-set crown, 18k white gold Cartier deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    Dimensions: 23 x 39 mm.


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    US$30,000-50,000
    EUR20,000-33,000

    Accompanied by Cartier presentation box, certificate and manual.

    The "Crash" was first introduced in the late 1960s, available only in yellow gold and sold exclusively at Cartier of London. At the time, Cartier Paris, Cartier London and Cartier New York were operated separately as they were in the hands of different owners. The model was attributed to be an inspiration from Salvador Dali, the famous surrealistic painter who reached his pinnacle in the 1930's and 1940's. This is, however, a mythical misinterpretation of the actual story.

    The real story took stage in "Swinging London", home to the English Invasion Music Scene: one starry night in the mid 1960s, a vice president at Cartier of London was on his way home from the office and as bad luck would have it, was involved in a fatal car accident. A blistering fire ensued and he was caught up in the blaze. The watch on his wrist was a Cartier "Bagnoire Alongee", which had melted and mangled, took form of the surrealistic "limp" watch in Salvador Dali's "The persistence of Memory". A fortuituous conincidence and require some imagination, one might add. While deeply saddened by the mishap of their fallen colleague, the designers at Cartier drew inspiration from the deformed "Alongee" and in remembranace released the "Crash".

    Modern variations were reintroduced in the early 1990s as limited editions and are no longer in production.

    The model is illustrated in Le Temps de Cartier by J. Barracca, G. Negretti, F. Nencini, p. 295.