CARTIER, PARIS [卡地亞，巴黎] | A GOLD AND ENAMEL KEYLESS OPEN-FACED WATCH IN THE SHAPE OF A SHIP'S WHEEL TO COMMEMORATE THE SUCCESS OF THE AMERICAN RACING SCHOONER WESTWARD AT THE 1910 KIEL REGATTA CIRCA 1910 [黃金畫琺瑯船輪形懷錶，為紀念美國Westward縱帆快艇勝出1910年Regatta帆船賽製造，年份約1910]
A GOLD AND ENAMEL KEYLESS OPEN-FACED WATCH IN THE SHAPE OF A SHIP'S WHEEL TO COMMEMORATE THE SUCCESS OF THE AMERICAN RACING SCHOONER WESTWARD AT THE 1910 KIEL REGATTA
• Movement: frosted gilded, lever escapement, 18 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, signed Cartier Paris
• Dial: frosted gilded, Arabic numerals, outer minute track, with two enamel crossed Yacht club Burgees, one representing the American Sailing club and with printed RPP from ASC and Kiel 1910 at the centre, signed Cartier Paris
• Case: 18ct gold, back in the shape of a ship's wheel decorated with blue enamel spokes, centered by the name Westward, with cabochon sapphire-set wheel handles case numbered 8770 and 4549 and with Paris gold mark for 1847-1919
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Dial: the dial has some areas of dirt around the flags and some scuffs throughout the dial visible under some lights
Case: There are no cracks to the enamel
Movement: the watch runs at the time of cataloguing
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The present watch was likely ordered from Cartier by Alexander S. Cochran to commemorate the 1910 winning season of his Racing Schooner Westward. The bespoke watch, uniquely designed as a ship’s wheel, included the Yacht’s name enamelled on the case back, while the dial incorporated the wording Kiel 1910, Cochran’s initials A.S.C. and what was likely his private signal flag, as well as the New York Yacht Club burgee, Alexander’s storied home Yacht club based in Manhattan.
Cochran, a wealthy New Yorker, commissioned the 135 foot Racing Schooner from the famed boat builder Nathaniel Herreshoff on Rhode Island. The state-of- the-art racing machine was ready in an astonishing six months.
Cochran departed Rhode Island for England in April 1910 on the Westward with Charlie Barr, a three time winner of the America’s Cup, at the helm. While racing in England they won eight of nine contests. The next stop was Kiel week, where the Westward swept the board against competitors that included the German Kaiser, Wilhelm, on his Yacht the Meteor.
Cochran, having tasted success, sold the Westward in 1911 and with his new boat, Vanitie, competed in the 1914 America’s Cup. World War I postponed the 1914 Cup race until 1920. Cochran’s Vanitie competed again in 1920, but was bested in the trials by fellow New York Yacht Club members sailing Resolute, the 1920 America’s Cup winner.