Accompanied by Cartier original fitted presentation box.
Pearls, long considered as the "Queen of Gems", are a natural wonder treasured for centuries by ancient and modern cultures all over the world. Until the early 1900s, natural pearls were accessible almost only to the rich and famous.
In 1917, Pierre Cartier bought his landmark building on New York's Fifth Avenue from Morton Plant for the amount of one hundred dollars and a pearl necklace (valued at one million dollars) for Mr. Plant's wife. It was also during this period that the demand for historical or "old world" jewellery was at is all-time high in North America, partly caused by marriages with members of aristocratic European families (Miss Consuelo Vanderbilt and the Duke of Marlborough, Miss Field and Prince Brancaccio just to name two).
The present watch and its very elegant design, enhancing the sparkle of the seed pearls and diamonds by combining them with the pale beauty of platinum, is a perfect example for a gem from this time. It was most certainly sold in New York as its movement and case are signed E.W.C & Co. Inc. for European Watch & Clock Company, a company founded in New York in 1919 and which produced watches for Cartier New York.
It is particularly rare to find a watch combining aesthetic and historical aspects which are perfectly representing the fine workmanship of Cartier. This is further enhanced by its very good condition and the period presentation box.