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Thursday 26 February, 2015 - 17:50 PM EST

Christie’s Seeks $2.5 Million for Tiger-Shaped Brooch and Bracelet made by Cartier.

Once owned by Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor and wife of King Edward VIII.

A tiger-shaped brooch and bracelet made by Cartier and once owned by Wallis Simpson will go on the auction block at Christie’s International, which estimates they may be worth $2.5 million.

The auctioneer will sell the onyx and diamond pieces on Nov. 11 in Geneva for Sarah Brightman, who was given them as a gift in 1987 by her then-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber to celebrate the Broadway success of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Brightman, a soprano, starred in the musical.

The pieces, made in the 1950s, were owned formerly by Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor and wife of King Edward VIII, who abdicated the British throne so that he could marry the twice-divorced American.

“The jewels have brought immense joy to Ms. Brightman, who would now like to release them to new splendor in order for others to appreciate them as she did,” the auction house said. She will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, which awards performing arts scholarships.

Cartier introduced the tiger motif in its jewelry design in 1928, Christie’s said. Vintage jewelry once owned by 20th century style icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Simpson often fetch higher prices at auction.

UPDATE November 12, 2014 • Bloomberg News : Christie’s sold the tiger-shaped Cartier set for $3.2 million.


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Monday 30 January, 2012 - 15:00 PM EST

The Rotonde de Cartier Fling Tourbillon

Cartier new models in Pink Gold and White Gold

This is another of the new year’s Cartier timepieces. This is the third Tourbillion model released in 2012: the Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon. 

The Rotonde de Artier flying tourbillon  offers a classic reinterpretation of the 9452 MC Movement, specially produced to meet the criteria of the Geneva Seal. Complementing more contemporary design such as the Calibre de Cartier or the Ballon Blue de Cartier, this refined watch is the smallest in its category with its 40 mm diameter offering exceptional comfort on the wrist. 

A blend of circles and curves, it has been carefully designed to give power to the watch without making it heavy and to underline its exceptional technical characteristics, the C-shaped tourbillon carriage appears to fly on the bridges, as if weightless above the dial. 

Technical details: 

References: W1556251 (Pink gold) and W1556216 (White Gold)

Movement: Mechanical Manufacture with manual winding, calibre 9452 MC, certifies Geneva Seal, flying tourbillon with seconds indicated by the C-shaped tourbillon carriage, 19 jewels

Power reserve: approximately 50 hours

Case: 18K Pink gold or 18K White Gold

Diameter: 40 mm

Crystal: Sapphire

Dial: white galvanised “guilloche”, brushed sunray effect with black transferred Roman numerals and sword-shaped blued-steel hands

Strap: alligator-skin with double adjustable deployment buckle in 18K pink gold

Water resistance: 30 meters or 100 feet.

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Friday 27 January, 2012 - 15:00 PM EST

Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar Watch

Cartier at the SIHH 2012

As all top brands attending the SIHH 2012, Cartier introduced some of its new dazzling models for this new year collection. Today we are introducing the Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar. 

This new timepiece honoring the Creator of Fine Watchmaking from Cartier manufacture reinvents once again the traditional functions of a watch. The 9908 MC Annual Calendar Movement has been entirely conceived and produced by Cartier development teams in order to incorporate the most important characteristics of an annual calendar: readability and functionality. 

By incorporating a Large Date, the model offers excellent readability; by making the crown the only means of correcting the calendar, the operations and setting functions are simplified. The movement is fitted into a Rotonde de Cartier 45 mm case. 

This watch, regulated just once a year at the end of February, shows the date, the day, and the month. 

Technical details:

Movement: Mechanical Manufacture self-winding movement, calibre 9908 MC, 32 jewels

Power reserve: approximately 48 hours

Functions: hour, minutes, seconds, annual calendar with day, date, and month

Case: 18K Pink gold

Diameter: 45 mm

Dial: silvered openwork grid with sunray effect with black transferred Roman numerals and sword-shaped blued-steel hour and minute hands

Strap: alligator strap woth double adjustable deployant buckle in 18K Pink Gold

Water resistance: 30 meters or 99 feet.

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Wednesday 04 January, 2012 - 15:00 PM EST

Johnny Depp waring a Cartier Ballon Bleu

Celebrities and Watches

Johnny Depp, one of the most beloved American actors who is also a producer, has been spotted waring a Cartier Ballon Bleu 2011 edition. 

John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. As part of his personal interests are also included music (he had played slide guitar with Oasis, acoustic guitar for movie soundtracks), winemaking (he owns a vineyard in France).

And when it comes to watches selection, this year chosen timepiece by Johnny Depp has been a watch by Cartier, a Ballon Blue 2011 edition in 18K white gold with a black alligator strap. 

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Monday 26 December, 2011 - 09:50 AM EST

The Cartier Grand Complication Skeleton pocket watch

Another preview before the SIHH 2012 from Cartier

Cartier Grand Complication Skeleton Pocket Watch

We have presented the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon as a preview to the SIHH 2012 earlier this week. We now have another glimpse of a complicated watch, the Cartier Grand Complication Skeleton pocket watch.

Nothing classier, sober and stylish than a pocket watch manufactured by Cartier. The brand, who has presented a complicated watch every year for many years now, will be introducing in 2012 the Cartier Grand Complication Skeleton pocket watch, an exquisite timepiece that will surely be added to all watch lovers wish-lists. 

In terms of design, in order to carve these twelve Roman numerals out of the original solid gold surface, this technical tour de force required at least 100 hours of extremely high-precision craftsmanship to perfect the finish and embellishment of each numeral. 

Technical details

Case: 18K white gold

Diameter: 59 mm

Crown: beaded white gold, set with a sapphire cabochon

Crystal: sapphire

Case back: sapphire

Movement: Manufacture mechanical, with manual winding, calibre 9436 MC, skeleton with tourbillon, mono-push-piece chronograph and perpetual calendar, 37 jewels

Power reserve: approx. 8 days

Flange: gold, sunray decoration

Dial: gold, snailed counters with apple-shaped minute hands in blued steel and hammer-shaped small hands

Watch chain: 18K white gold

Base: rock crystal and obsidian

Water resistance: 30 metres or 100 feet

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