Christie's Geneva to Auction 101 Rare Cartier Clocks

Featuring some of the brand’s notorious “mystery” clocks.

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Horology and art deco enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that Christie’s Geneva will be hosting an auction for 101 rare clocks from Cartier this summer.

The collection highlights the French brand’s innovative and painstakingly intricate approach to clockmaking, featuring an immense amount of timekeepers designed in all fashions imaginable. Some of its most complex pieces — known as “mystery” clocks, which carry hands that are suspended in a transparent rock crystal pane seemingly disconnected to any mechanism — also form part of the auction. Other notable lots include a carved onyx model with a mother of pearl dial and diamond accents from 1925, an Oriental enamel clock intricately decorated through a technique called laque burgauté where insets of polished blue-green abalone shells are made, as well as an early 20th century deep blue opaline glass, silver and enamel urn clock.

The auction itself will take place at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues on July 1, with viewings available from June 27 through to 30.

For a closer look at the entire collection, head over to Christie’s website now.

Elsewhere in the world of horology, Audemars Piguet has crafted two new precious metal Royal Oaks.

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