Baignoire Reference WB520010, a white gold diamond manual wind wristwatch, Circa 2010
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Cartier is a French luxury goods conglomerate that designs, manufactures, distributes and sells jewelry, leather goods and watches. Founded by Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) in Paris in 1847, the company remained under family control until 1964. Cartier is headquartered in Paris and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group. Cartier operates more than 200 stores in 125 countries, with three Temples (Historical Maisons) in London, New York and Paris. Cartier is regarded as one of the most prestigious jewelry and watch manufacturers. Cartier has a long history of sales to royalty. King Edward VII referred to Cartier as "the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers." For his coronation in 1902, Edward VII ordered 27 tiaras and issued a royal warrant to Cartier in 1904. Similar warrants soon followed from the courts of Spain, Portugal, Serbia, Russia and the House of Orléans.
The 1912 design of the watch that would later be christened the “Baignoire” demonstrated Cartier's prowess in crafting watchmaking forms. A discreetly elegant ellipse uniquely forged in a single line, the “Baignoire” watch is the essence of Cartier style: a unique marriage of purity and timeless chic. This Baignoire watch, large model, manual wind movement. Case in 18K white gold set with diamonds and 18K white gold bracelet. White dial and sword-shaped hands in blued steel. Sapphire crystal. Water-resistant approximately 30 meters. This watch comes with a full set of paper and box.
The watch is in excellent, like-new condition. The movement is running at the 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.
Case Size (mm)
Fits a wrist size of 6.5 inches or smaller.
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