Lot No. 520* (93rd Auction)
Cartier à Paris, Movement No. 661344, Case No. 114522, Cartier No. 019765, Ref. 1201 N60, Cal. 2P, 19 x 10 mm, circa 1958

A lady's elegant, heavy wristwatch with gold articulated link bracelet
Case: 18k gold, screwed on back, backwinder. Dial: enamel. Movm.: rectangular movement, Glucydur balance.

In 1847 Louis-Francois Cartier took over his teacher’s jewellery business in Paris and laid the foundations of today’s Cartier company. The hand-made jewellery became successful quickly and only a few years later Cartier was delivering his creations to French Empress Eugenie. In 1898 his grandson Louis Cartier joined the company and – being passionate about all things horological – started building up Cartier’s watchmaking division. A great number of beautiful luxurious art deco watches date from that time. Louis also developed an early interest in wristwatches, which were very new and unusual at a time when men only ever wore pocket watches. Several luxury models were designed as early as the end of the century; the famous classics Santos (1906), Tank (1917) and Pasha (1932) followed soon after.
During his working life Louis Cartier inspired the watchmaking industry to take some completely new directions. His creativity, his sense of style and his wonderful designs make his watches stand out from all others. His ideas infallibly turned into classics that survived short-term trends and styles with ease and eventually became ageless milestones in the horological world. Louis Cartier was the most famous jeweller at the turn of the century and sent his creations to kings and tsars, entrepreneurs and wealthy clients in the Far East.
Source: and, as of 03/17/2016
Estimate  6,500 - 10,000 €
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