Cartier Paris Crash Watch
Part sculpture, part watch, this icon has become one of the most coveted watches on the planet. This example released in 1991, was limited to 400 units produced by Cartier Paris, split between yellow, white and rose gold and very rare wit diamonds.
18kt White Gold Case and Bracelet
Reference Number 78087
Serial Number 11,XXX
Size 22 x 38mm
18kt White Gold Deployant Buckle, with choice of black, white or pink alligator strap,
The Cartier Crash is a legendary timepiece with multiple spurious origin stories detailing things from fiery car crashes in central London to spontaneous inspiration following the arrival of a badly damaged watch in for service to Cartier’s London location. No matter its origin, the Cartier Crash is wrapped in mystique, and London is widely acknowledged as its spiritual, and literal, home due to its production being the brainchild of Jean-Jacques Cartier, the head of Cartier London at the time, and famed designer Rupert Emmerson. Jean-Jacques had decided in the mid-60s that it was time for Cartier London to create their own watches, and so, London-signed variants of the Cartier Crash are some of the most highly collected, given they were first produced there. Designed by Cartier and Emmerson to reflect the surrealist design culture that was popular during the '60s, the Crash is entirely recognizable by its unconventional case shape reminiscent of Salvador Dali's melting clocks in his 1931 painting 'The Persistence of Memory' and its warped dial layout. The design was conceived as a Cartier Oval with "twisted ends". Constructed of 18kt yellow gold with its signature London-signed Cartier dial featuring black exploded Roman numerals and blue steel hands, this timepiece is a beautiful example of the Crash in all of its wonderful glory.
Constructed of 18kt white gold and diamonds with Cartier's famed, and a collector favorite, Paris-signed Cartier dial in white featuring black exploded Roman numerals and blued steel hands, this timepiece is a beautiful example of the Crash in all of its wonderful glory. Produced in 1991, this example was part of the limited edition run of 400 pieces that Cartier's Paris boutique released in that same year