Cartier: 101 mysterious clocks auctioned in Geneva

(Relaxnews) - Auction house Christie's invites collectors from around the world to the Four Seasons des Bergues in Geneva for a rare sale that should thrill lovers of precious objects.No less than 101 clocks spanning more than eight decades of watches at Cartier will be on display from June 27 to 30, then offered in an online sale on July 1, 2020.

These mysterious clocks will be auctioned for a total estimate of between 3.9 million and 5.7 million Swiss francs (between 3.7 million and 5.3 million euros).Individually, the auction will start at 8,000 Swiss francs.(around 7,500 euros) If Cartier watches and pieces of fine jewelry and fine jewelry fascinate around the world, whether through their finesse and precision, their design, their history or the crowned heads who wore them, are there the clocks that have nevertheless contributed to the fame of the famous house?

Connoisseurs know to what extent these precious objects represent one of the starting points of the now legendary Cartier Collection.This auction brings us back to the close relationship between Louis Cartier and the master watchmaker Maurice Coüet at the beginning of the 20th century, which "helped consolidate Cartier's reputation as a leading manufacturer of jewelery", as Christie's recalls during this auction.Inspired by the research of illusionist Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, Maurice Coüet creates pieces as captivating as they are entertaining, including the famous mysterious clocks, or "Mystery clocks", which are characterized in particular by their mechanisms hidden in the frame.It was in 1973 that the house acquired on the art market one of these clocks at the origin of the future Cartier Collection.

Posted Date: 2021-01-17

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