Asymétrique, A very rare and early yellow gold asymmetrical wristwatch, Circa 1939 卡地亞 Asymétrique 極罕有早期黃金不對稱腕錶，約1939年製
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A very rare and early yellow gold asymmetrical wristwatch, Circa 1939
Caliber:European Watch Co mechanical, 15 jewels
Movement Number: 65'665
Case: 18k yellow gold, snap on case back
Case number: 76'174
Closure: 18k pink and yellow gold Cartier deployant buckle, no. 12'001
Size: 24 mm width
Signed: dial signed Cartier, case and movement numbered and signed European Watch Co
Accessories: Cartier pouch
Case: The case is in overall very good condition with light signs of wear and previous light polish. The numbers on the case back remain crisp. The crystal glazing with a small interior chip at 12 o'clock visible under close observation with a loupe. The folding buckle with surface scuffing.
Dial: The dial is in overall very good condition with light dust. Some very minor losses to the signature and 'Paris' only visible under a loupe.
Movement: 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.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports 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. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. 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.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands 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."
Cartier is the master of shaped wristwatches, playing with daring configurations that are now iconic amongst collectors today. From the rectangular Tank and square Santos, to the unique and striking Crash, Cartier has not only mastered shaped watches, but also worked to celebrate their iconic models throughout the years with re-editions.
The Asymétrique is an early triumph in daring shapes. First introduced in 1936, this is the only dress watch to feature an asymmetrical design. Timepieces featuring this angled dial are often racing or aviation watches. The present lot is circa 1938, and a similar piece is depicted in Barraceau, Negnetti & Nencini, Le Temps de Cartier, 1989, p. 211.
In today's secondary market various re-edition models have appeared. The present lot marks a rare occasion of an early and well preserved piece from the original launch of the model.