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Crash A limited edition yellow gold asymmetrical wristwatch, Circa 1991

Auction Closed

June 10, 06:06 PM GMT


60,000 - 80,000 USD

Lot Details



A limited edition yellow gold asymmetrical wristwatch, Circa 1991

Dial: silvered

Caliber: mechanical

Case: 18k yellow gold, case back secured by 4 screws

Case number: A 108'528 and limited edition 232-91

Closure: 18k yellow gold Cartier folding clasp

Size: 38 x 22 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: yes

Papers: no

Accessories: Cartier presentation box

The genesis of the design of the Crash by Cartier is a mystery, but the two theories most often told are that it was inspired by Salvador Dali’s melting clock from the “Persistence of Memory”, or alternatively, from the case of a Cartier Baignoire deformed in a car crash. Whatever the true story, the Crash become one of the most desirable and enigmatic timepieces produced by the brand on its launch at London’s Cartier Boutique located on Bond Street in 1967. In 1991, Cartier Paris released its own version of the Crash, this time in a limited run of 400 pieces and a case size of 38mm.

The current example bears both its limited edition number to the caseback 232 along with its production year ‘91 as well as all the correct hall marks. The watch is presented in excellent condition and is accompanied by its original box, on a red leather Cartier strap and is accompanied by its distinctive 18k gold misshapen ‘Crash’ inspired folding clasp.