Cartier Mystery Clock
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Cartier Mystery Clock

Cartier Mystery Clock

  • This exceptionally rare timepiece was crafted by the legendary French jewelers Cartier
  • Known as a mystery clock, the diamond-encrusted hands rotate seemingly by magic
  • Rock crystal, gemstones, white agate, labradorite and chalcedony comprise the opulent form
  • It beautifully represents the style and originality for which Cartier is renowned across the globe
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Item No. 31-0261
$335,000
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This extraordinary French mystery clock by Cartier is absolutely captivating in both its mechanical complexity and gorgeous artistry. The timepiece works as if by magic thanks to an ingenious design inspired by the famous French magician and illusionist Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. The hands appear to float freely in space, rotating with no apparent mechanism to drive them. Yet, it is not just the illusion of space and the groundbreaking technology that makes this clock special; it is also a bejeweled objet d'art that reflects the heights of Cartier’s craftsmanship and design.

Inspired by French fire screens, the luxurious timepiece is a stunning juxtaposition of rock crystal, gemstones, white agate, labradorite and chalcedony. The silver and gold frame is enhanced by white agate and labradorite panels, while arched chalcedony supports with baguette-cut diamonds attach the timepiece to its base. A chalcedony sphere at the timepiece's center adds a further pop of color atop the labradorite and agate base. A mystery dial floats at its center, complete with diamond-set hands, a labradorite chapter ring with Roman numerals and circular-cut emerald accents.

The Cartier tradition of clockmaking extends almost as far back as the founding of the company in 1898. Thereafter, Cartier's clocks and watches were manufactured with an emphasis on technical perfection, fashionable aesthetics, and originality. At first, a secondary activity, Cartier’s definitive approach to l’horlogerie quickly became — and remains — a point of prestige for this famed company.

Signed "Cartier" and stamped with French assay marks for gold and silver

Circa 1980

4 1/2" wide x 3" deep x 5 1/2" high
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Maker: Cartier
Period: 20th Century
Origin:France
Depth:3.0 Inches
Width:4.5 Inches
Height:5.5 Inches
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