CARTIER. A VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD LIMITED EDITION ASYMMETRICAL WRISTWATCH WITH ‘CRASH’ DEPLOYANT CLASP
CARTIER. A VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD LIMITED EDITION ASYMMETRICAL WRISTWATCH WITH ‘CRASH’ DEPLOYANT CLASP
CARTIER. A VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD LIMITED EDITION ASYMMETRICAL WRISTWATCH WITH ‘CRASH’ DEPLOYANT CLASP
CARTIER. A VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD LIMITED EDITION ASYMMETRICAL WRISTWATCH WITH ‘CRASH’ DEPLOYANT CLASP
3 More
CARTIERCRASH PARIS NO. 176/400
CARTIER. A VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD LIMITED EDITION ASYMMETRICAL WRISTWATCH WITH ‘CRASH’ DEPLOYANT CLASP

SIGNED CARTIER, PARIS, 'CRASH' MODEL, CASE NO. A108472, NO. 176, CIRCA 1991

Details
CARTIER. A VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD LIMITED EDITION ASYMMETRICAL WRISTWATCH WITH CRASH’ DEPLOYANT CLASP
SIGNED CARTIER, PARIS, 'CRASH' MODEL, CASE NO. A108472, NO. 176, CIRCA 1991
Movement: Manual
Dial: Silvered
Case: 24 mm. wide, 39 mm. overall length
With: 18k gold Cartier asymmetrical deployant clasp
Remark: Limited edition of 400 pieces

Brought to you by

Remi Guillemin
Remi Guillemin Head of Watches, Europe and Americas

Check the condition report or get in touch for additional information about this

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

For such an extraordinary creation as Cartier’s Crash watch, it is quite surprising that the story of its origins were, until recently, shrouded in mystery. The absence of any official information led to some wonderfully romantic myths surrounding the source of Jean-Jacques Cartier’s inspiration for the Crash’s design. Some claimed the idea was ignited by Salvador Dali’s painting ‘La Persistance de la Mémoire de Dali’, others believed that its form came from a melted Cartier Maxi Baignoire Allongée. It was also rumoured that one of Cartier's founders was in a car crash in the late 1960s and the resulting mis-shapen watch served as the influence for the watch. However, the true full story is now confirmed by Francesca Cartier Brickell, Jean-Jacques Cartier’s granddaughter, whose recent book ‘The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewellery Empire’ was published in 2019.

1960s London was an exciting place to be and Jean-Jacques Cartier, who had instigated the making of Cartier watches in London, wanted to create a wristwatch that was truly a response to the spirit of the age. In fact, the Crash watch was the idea of Jean-Jacques Cartier and designer Rupert Emmerson, who together, after many attempts, eventually came up with a final design. The appearance of the resulting watch, named the ‘Crash’ was in complete contrast to the straight lines of the traditional Tank and oval.

More from Rare Watches

View All
View All