This mechanical and aesthetically remarkable design was the basis for some of Cartier's most impressive clocks of the 1920s and beyond. The time appears to float magically in the air, indicated by two rotating crystal disks that suspend the hour hand and minute hand in a captivating dance. From the perspective of the viewer, the clock operates without any mechanical means, hence its depiction as a Mystery clock.
Following the legendary creations from the 1920s, Cartier revisited the Mystery clock theme in the 1980s, creating modern masterpieces based on the earlier models. The present example belongs to that later series. The present clock represents a discreetly elegant example in mother-of-pearl and black obsidian of this style. With its undulating ruyi-shaped bezel surrounding the magnificent faceted citrine, the clock is evocative of the timeless elegance of Eastern cultures.
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