The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.
Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261
221 Cartier Highly Attractive and Limited to 100 Pieces, Cloche, Wristwatch in Platinum, Roman Numbers Dial, Ruby Cabochon, With Box and Paper, Reference WGCC0004
Estimate: € 30,000 – 60,000
Sold € 41,600
Case Material: Platinum
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Caliber: 1917 MC
Case N°: N°057/100, 4338
Dimensions: 37 × 29 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Box and Papers
For the last 100 years, Cartier has been playing with case shapes, and in 2021 reintroduced the lovingly peculiar bell-shaped Cartier Privé Collection Cloche de Cartier in platinum, reference WGCC0004. In 1996, in occasion of the auction “The Magical Art of Cartier”, the brand commissioned platinum “Cloche” timepieces made exclusively for this event but with different dials to make each of them unique. The 2021 collection is still limited but differently from the others were at least produced for 100 lucky clients. The present lot is number 57 as testified by the engraving on the back. For Cartier, the first time the cloche (which is French for bell) case shape appeared was in the 1920s. This shape was initially chosen for its aesthetic and was mainly a piece of jewelry except then becomes a year or two later, before sporadically appearing and disappearing in the line-up. The approach of the dial is slightly different from the vast majority. Most other watches with their dial orientation askew are designed for a particular task, largely to help folks dealing with high-speed machines to easily read the time without having to take off the hand from the wheel. The logic path is different for Cartier. In the case of the Cloche, this is done so that you can set the watch down on its flat side, and read it as though it were a rather small table clock. This WGCC0004, with its large platinum case exceptionally preserved has beaded crown set with a ruby cabochon, silvered dial, sword-shaped hands, sapphire crystal and its original box and warranty.