View full screen - View 1 of Lot 45. 'Comet' 8-Days, A rare rock crystal, yellow gold, platinum, enamel, and diamond-set eight-day desk timepiece, Circa 1920 卡地亞  'Comet' 8-Days 罕有水晶、黃金、鉑金、琺瑯及鑽石8日動力儲存座鐘,約1920年製.

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'Comet' 8-Days, A rare rock crystal, yellow gold, platinum, enamel, and diamond-set eight-day desk timepiece, Circa 1920 卡地亞 'Comet' 8-Days 罕有水晶、黃金、鉑金、琺瑯及鑽石8日動力儲存座鐘,約1920年製

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December 9, 06:15 PM GMT

Estimate

50,000 - 100,000 USD

Lot Details

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'Comet' 8-Days

A rare rock crystal, yellow gold, platinum, enamel, and diamond-set eight-day desk timepiece, Circa 1920


Dial: revolving sunburst guilloché dial with translucent blue enamel, diamond set comet hands

Caliber: circular nickel lever movement

Case: rock crystal, platinum, yellow gold, white enamel, diamond-set

Case number: 4274

Closure: rock crystal strut 

Size: 81 x 67 mm

Signed: case

Box: yes

Papers: no

Accessories: Cartier fitted presentation box

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.

Cartier 'Comet' clocks were manufactured between 1912 and 1920. Within a circular dial, translucent blue enamel over guilloché-ground depicts radiating lines to further heighten the diamond-set comet-form hour marker. A diamond-set minute marker is attached to a rotating plate under the bezel. 

The present comet clock is in superb condition and complete with it's original fitted Cartier box. 

Similar examples are illustrated in Nadelhoffer, H., Cartier: Jewelers Extraordinary, pl. 55, and Barracca, J., Negretti, G., and Nencini, F., Le Temps de Cartier, pp. 62, and 108.