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AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS/Cartier

Cartier Yellow Gold "Crash"

11.14.15

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE
1 December 2015, The Four Seasons
HIGHLIGHT: LOT 255

The Cartier "Crash" watch was first released in late 1967, and then reissued as a limited edition series in 1991. Legend says that Cartier employees found a Cartier Bagnoire watch in the embers of a car crash. The watch case had melted into the shape of Salvador Dali’s watch in The Persistence of Memory, which inspired the company to produce a similar watch, aptly named "Crash". This yellow gold example is an original from the 1960s, which is among the rarest within the "Crash" family. The case is preserved in fantastic condition, accompanied with a unique "Crash" buckle in equally good condition. The movement is signed LeCoultre Co, which is correct for the period.

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