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AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE YELLOW GOLD, PLATINUM, ROCK CRYSTAL, ONYX, MOTHER OF PEARL AND DIAMOND MYSTERY CLOCK  1928 PENDULE MYSTERIEUSE MODEL A
 • gilt lever movement • white mother of pearl chapter ring with Roman numerals, surrounded by a rose-cut diamond-set bezel, platinum hands set with rose-cut diamonds • the rock crystal outlined with gold and decorated to the interior with a rectangular mother of pearl border • rock crystal mounted on a quadrangular onyx base, gold beadwork trim • Cartier Certificate of Authenticity with presentation case
height 140 mm, width 83 mm
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Catalogue Note

The Cartier "Pendule Mystérieuses" or "Mystery Clock" exudes a mystic elegance that has captured the imagination of Cartier collectors for decades. Inspired by the work of the 1850s French magician and clockmaker, Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, Maurice Couet devised the first Mystery Clock in 1913 which was named "Pendules Mysterieuses Model A." This name resonates with automotive pioneer Henry Ford's "Model T" car of the same period and, fittingly, the first Model A was sold at Cartier New York to American financial magnate, J.P. Morgan Jr. Thus, the Cartier Mystery Clock demands an inquisitive mind-set, determined to decode its complexity, while appreciating its perplexing beauty. The current example, Model A, features rotating rock crystal discs to indicate the hours and minutes. This mechanism is invisibly powered by gears hidden in the frame, while the onyx base contains the clock's movement.

An almost identical example with its specific mother of pearl dial stamped 'France' sold at Christies, New York, April 12, 2006. For a similar example please refer to Barracca, J., Negretti, G., and Nencini. F., Le Temps de Cartier, p.99.

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