Lot 2
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THE GOLD COIN WATCH, CARTIER, CIRCA 1940

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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Description

  • gold
The circular silvered dial with Roman numerals and blued steel Breguet hands, outer minute track, gold circular case, the watch concealed within a 1893 gold five pound coin, depicting Queen Victoria and St. George, manual wind movement signed EWC and Co Inc., 19 jewels, dial and movement signed Cartier, case numbered, diameter approximately 36.5 mm, leather pouch, Cartier Inc. embossed to the exterior, THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR.

Literature

Cf: Sotheby's, The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor, Geneva, Friday 3rd April 1987, Lot 252.

Cf: J. Barracca, G. Negretti and F. Nencini, Le Temps de Cartier, Italy, 1989, p.144 - 145 for examples of various coins fitted with watches by Cartier.

Catalogue Note

The coin watch was developed by Cartier in 1929 and intended for the pocket or handbag.   Watches at this period were also being incorporated into other objects including cigarette cases and lipstick holders.   Luxury accessories made from precious materials were being introduced into every day life where there was an eager audience more able to afford to purchase such novelties.

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