CARTIER | AN AGATE, GILT METAL, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE-SET DESK TIMEPIECE, CIRCA 1925
AN AGATE, GILT METAL, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE-SET DESK TIMEPIECE, CIRCA 1925
Dial: silver guilloché, diamond set hands
Caliber: jeweled gilt lever movement
Case: agate, gilt metal, four cabochon sapphires set to the corners, hinged strut
Case number: 1408, 4259
Size: approximately 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm
Signed: dial signed Cartier, gilt metal case and strut numbered
Agate case is intact with some light surface wear and superficial scratches consistent with age. Cabochon sapphires are intact but not tested for quality or condition. Wear and scratches to the gilt metal case back and strut. Gilt metal border to the bezel with some wear and scratches. A small area of loss/cracks to the enamel bezel between 6 and 7.
Dial in overall good condition with light patina and some wear throughout. Some small surface marks and scratches. Hands patina. Diamonds intact but not tested for quality or condition.
The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
During the 1920’s and 1930’s, Cartier used any number of rare and beautiful stones and materials into their repertoire, from diamonds, pearls nephrite, quartz, agate and ornate enamel work. During this period, Cartier created clocks of the utmost quality, whether it be a miniature, desk, or even a Mystery clock.
The current art deco desk clock features an agate hard stone case with carved corners and four cabochon sapphires. The dial is designed with an intricate sun ray engine-turned silver-tone guilloché pattern with black Roman numerals, ornate-style rose-cut diamond hands, and the bezel is fitted with enamel, evoking the color of the sapphires.