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DAY AND NIGHT COMET CLOCK AN AGATE DIAMOND SET AND ENAMEL DAY AND NIGHT SEMI-MYSTERY COMET CLOCK CIRCA 1925
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 350,000 USD
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Cartier
DAY AND NIGHT COMET CLOCK AN AGATE DIAMOND SET AND ENAMEL DAY AND NIGHT SEMI-MYSTERY COMET CLOCK CIRCA 1925
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 350,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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DAY AND NIGHT COMET CLOCK AN AGATE DIAMOND SET AND ENAMEL DAY AND NIGHT SEMI-MYSTERY COMET CLOCK CIRCA 1925
Dial: blue enamel
Caliber: nickel plated, 17 jewels
Case: agate, gold and enamel bezel, brass strut
Case number: 2296, 1081
Size: 110 mm diameter
Signed: strut signed Cartier, case and movement signed European Watch and Clock Co. France, further engraved with an added plaque reading "To Gwen, with all my love, from Willie June 15th 1928"
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Catalogue Note

French Clockmaker and illusionist Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, descendant of Prosper Robert – a respected watchmaker in France, created mystery clocks in the 1830s.  As a pioneer of modern illusionism, he paved the way for other watchmakers and illusionists, such as Maurice Coüet. 

Maurice Coüet came from a long lineage of watchmakers.  He learned from both his father and grandfather – both watchmakers for Breguet – and later move to Paris to set up his own business that would exclusively create table clocks for Cartier.


The present comet clock is in superb condition featuring a beautiful night sky theme with gold stars.  The mechanism incorporates a rotating disc indicating day or night along the top portion of the dial.  This example is from the descendant of the original owner, and is in excellent condition. 

Similarly shaped desk timepieces illustrated in Barracca J., Negretti G., Nencini F, Le Temps de Cartier, 1989, p. 62

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