The history of Cartier women’s watches on display in Bangkok
published: Dec 2, 2018 2021 at 04:00
Cocktail watch set with diamonds 1919.
The history of Cartier women’s watches was traced in an exhibition held at the Lotus Arts de Vivre boutique, Anantara Siam Bangkok hotel.
The “Women Are Forever – A Vintage Cartier Collection” exhibition is a partnership between the family business Lotus Arts de Vivre and Obsidian Obsidian Obsidian Objects of Art, a private gallery based in London and founded by the Honorable Harry Fane.
More than 34 rare timepieces have been curated by Fane for the exhibition, which runs until December 10.
“Pursuing and retaining vintage Cartier watches, especially from the early 20th century, was a very difficult and diligent task. Because each piece has its own beauty, meticulously handcrafted and produced in small quantities,” said Fane.
From 1919, a very rare oval watch features an offset dial surrounded by rose-cut diamonds and a bracelet of gray braided natural pearls. Back in those days, it was considered rude for women to glance at their wristwatches, and the offset dial position allowed them to tell the time at first glance.
Also set with rose-cut diamonds, an elegant 1920 model is housed in a square case with rounded angles. The very slim movement allows for a slim case that sits comfortably on the wrist. Likewise, a minute movement powers a 1929 cocktail watch adorned with square-cut diamonds.
Lady’s diamond and natural pearl wristwatch 1919.
Cartier’s set of shapes includes Tank created in the 1910s by Louis Cartier, which was inspired by a top view of a combat vehicle. In 1967, the design for the iconic Crash originated when Jean Jacques Cartier saw an accident between a London double-decker bus and a black cab. He asked his workshop what a Cartier tank would look like if he had been in a car accident.
The Cartier Diamond Crash on display is a model made in France from 1991.
“To me, a vintage Cartier watch is definitely a work of art. Anyone can own it and pass it down through the generations. Nonetheless, its value will always surprise you, even in the future,” said Fane.
Bracelet watch set with diamonds 1920.
1919 cocktail watch set with diamonds. Photos: Lotus Art of Living