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Cartier, made by Maurice Couët. An exceptionally fine and rare rock crystal, gold, silver-plated, enamel and diamond-set eight-day Day and Night Comet clock with original box
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Cartier, made by Maurice Couët. An exceptionally fine and rare rock crystal, gold, silver-plated, enamel and diamond-set eight-day Day and Night Comet clock with original box\nSigned Cartier, Paris, No. 391, case also numbered 70002 and 984474, circa 1915\nWith gilt-finished eight-day movement, 15 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, the circular gold and champlevé white and light blue enamel scroll and foliage decorated dial with Roman numerals to the upper arc, outer gold and white champlevé enamel minute ring, the hour indicated by a diamond-set platinum pointer attached to the inner rotating disk decorated with light blue enamel on engine-turned sunburst background, set with platinum-mounted rose-cut diamond sun and crescent moon motifs, appearing in turn and indicating day and night, in circular bevelled rock crystal case, the winder in the silver-plated back with hinged silver-plated metal and rock crystal stand, case signed and numbered\n100 mm. diam.
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Cartier

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Accompanied by Cartier France original fitted presentation box.

The talented clockmaker Maurice Couët learned the basics of this fine art while working in his father's workshop in Evreux, France. After a tenure with Prévost in Paris, he opened his own workshop and, as of 1912, was commissioned by Cartier with the manufacture of imaginative clocks, such as the celebrated "Mystery" clocks. Couët's first inventions were the "planet" or "comet" clocks, also designated "semi-mystérieuses". These enchanting timepieces were usually featuring sky blue enamel dials and diamond-set hands formed as stars, moons or comet tails, poetically evoking the heavenly firmament and resembling the Islamic-style jewellery then made by Cartier.

The rarity of the present "Comet" clock is enhanced by its excellent overall condition and the original box.

For a description of these clocks and illustration of one of the earliest example of a "comet" clock, comparable to the present lot, see The Cartier Collection - Timepieces, Editions Flammarion, p. 151. Other examples are illustrated in Le Temps de Cartier by Jader Barracca, Giampiero Negretti, Franco Nencini, p. 62.

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Cartier, made by Maurice Couët. An exceptionally fine and rare rock crystal, gold, silver-plated, enamel and diamond-set eight-day Day and Night Comet clock with original box

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With gilt-finished eight-day movement, 15 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, the circular gold and champlevé white and light blue enamel scroll and foliage decorated dial with Roman numerals to the upper arc, outer gold and white champlevé enamel minute ring, the hour indicated by a diamond-set platinum pointer attached to the inner rotating disk decorated with light blue enamel on engine-turned sunburst background, set with platinum-mounted rose-cut diamond sun and crescent moon motifs, appearing in turn and indicating day and night, in circular bevelled rock crystal case, the winder in the silver-plated back with hinged silver-plated metal and rock crystal stand, case signed and numbered

keywords

Cartier, 1910s, mechanical, Watches, diamond, enamel, rock crystal

department

WATCHES & WRISTWATCHES

dimensions

100 mm. diam.


*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.

*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.


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