The online auction house Loupethis has just sold a very rare 1967 Cartier Crash coming directly from the original owner for a record price of $ 1.503.888 !!!

The Cratier Crash was created in 1967 in the middle of the Swinging London era, under the guidance of Jean-Jacques Cartier, great-grandson of the company's founder, this watch is an expression of the incredible energy of the city in recent years. Its asymmetrical dial has upset the aesthetic codes of watchmaking.

While for many the design of the Crash was inspired by Salvador Dali's surrealist painting, The Persistence of Memory, others refer to the story that the design of the Crash originated from a Cartier Baignoire Allongée who melted from the fire of an accident. of car and had its deformed shape. The recent publication of Francesca Cartier Brickell's book, The Cartiers, seems to indicate that the birth of the Cartier Crash is the result of the work of Jean-Jacques Cartier and craftsman Rupert Emmerson, who played with Cartier's visual identity, lengthening it and folding it much more boldly than its predecessors.

This record-breaking Cartier Crash is one of the first ever seen, having been produced in the first year of its inception. Crafted in 18kt yellow gold with its signature Cartier London dial with black exploded Roman numerals and blue steel hands, this timepiece is a beautiful example of the Crash in all its wonderful glory. A true witness to the history of Cartier.

While the Crash may seem uncomfortable to wear due to its 'distorted' case, its curved construction actually allows the watch to wrap around the wrist.

The Crash is undoubtedly an iconic model, but equally rare since it is estimated that only 20 examples of the Cartier Crash were produced in those years. Other editions were produced in 1991, in limited quantities of 400 and from 2018, with one copy per month for the best customers of the Cartier boutique on London's New Bond Street.

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