CARTIER. A FINE AND VERY RARE 18K WHITE GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH AGATE DIAL
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CARTIER. A FINE AND VERY RARE 18K WHITE GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH AGATE DIAL

SIGNED CARTIER, ROTONDE DE CARTIER CROCODILE MOTIF MODEL, NO. 18/20, REF. 3566A, CIRCA 2014

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CARTIER. A FINE AND VERY RARE 18K WHITE GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH AGATE DIAL
SIGNED CARTIER, ROTONDE DE CARTIER CROCODILE MOTIF MODEL, NO. 18/20, REF. 3566A, CIRCA 2014
MOVEMENT: Manual, Cal. 9452 MC, Geneva seal, 19 jewels
DIAL: Blue engraved agate dial depicting a crocodile on the river bed, one minute tourbillon carriage
CASE: 18k white gold, diamond-set bezel and crown, glazed display back secured by eight screws, 42 mm. diam.
STRAP/BUCKLE: Cartier crocodile strap, 18k white gold and diamond-set Cartier deployant buckle
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> Some watches are pictured with straps made of endangered or protected animal materials such as alligator or crocodile. These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check with the department for details on a particular lot. > Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory, tortoiseshell and crocodile. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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Founded in 1847, the success of Cartier resides in their daring and utterly original sense of style and design, innovating with new materials and themes. In the 2013 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), Cartier introduced the Cartier Métiers d'Art limited edition series. The watches are fitted with dials adorned with animals using the most unusual materials such as marquetry wood, straw, cameo and enamel. This series with their enchanting dials pay tribute to techniques and skills from the past as well as newly developed techniques by Cartier. The originality of the design lies in the contrast of the highly technical flying tourbillon escapement with the ancient technique of the cameo. The dial of the present Rotonde De Cartier, numbered 18 out of a limited edition of 20, is decorated with the cameo of a crocodile. Using the natural gradations of blue and white of the agate, the engraver skillfully captures the expressiveness of the head of body of a crocodile emerging from the water. The sculpting of the crocodile on the agate requires extreme precision and perfect knowledge of the stone as well as the anatomy of the animal. The Métiers d'Art collection epitomizes the perfect combination of Nature and Machine and is a true display of artisty in high horology.

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