Cartier
Crash Paris in Pink Gold
Hong Kong Edition

  • Collection: Crash
  • Model reference: Paris Crash
  • Case/Size: Pink gold, 24mm x 39mm
  • Dial: Silver
  • Movement: Manual winding
  • Functions: Hours, minutes
  • Specificity: Limited to 40 pcs, 1994
  • Collection: Crash
  • Model Reference: Paris Crash
  • Case/Size: Rose Gold / 23mm x 38mm
  • Dial: Silver
  • Movement: Manual winding
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes
  • Specificity: Limited to 40 pcs, CIRCA 1994
  • Condition / Year: Very Good / Excellent / 1994
  • Box / Papers: Yes / Yes
  • Price: Upon Request

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Description

The Cartier Paris Crash in Pink Gold, released in 1994 for the Hong Kong market, is a truly iconic and rare timepiece that encapsulates the spirit of avant-garde design and luxury craftsmanship. This edition was introduced following the original model from 1991, adding another layer to the legacy of this extraordinary design. With its distinctive and unconventional shape, this watch is a testament to Cartier’s bold and innovative approach to horology.

The Crash design was born in the swinging 1960s. The most famous theory is that a client’s Cartier watch was involved in a car accident, melting and contorting its case into a unique and unexpected shape. Inspired by this incident, Cartier created the Crash watch. The initial impression it gives is reminiscent of Salvador Dali’s melting clocks in “The Persistence of Memory.” However, according to “The Cartiers” book, it symbolizes artistic freedom and rebellion against traditional watch design norms of that time, leading Jean-Jacques Cartier and artisan Rupert Emmerson to conceive this audacious timepiece.

This particular 1994 re-edition is a very elusive limited series of only 40 pieces (so 10x less than the 1991 re-edition) made for the Hong Kong market. The case is crafted from 18-karat pink gold, adding a touch of refinement to its already extraordinary design. The irregular, asymmetrical case shape is a visual masterpiece, defying conventions with its free-form lines and curves. It’s a watch that not only tells time but also tells a story of creativity and individuality.

The dial of the present Cartier Crash is a study in elegance and simplicity, featuring an extraordinarily rare shade of burgundy against the off-white dial, with each Roman numeral painted in the alluring color. The minimalist dial design ensures that all attention remains on the distinctive case. The word “Paris” appears on the dial instead of “London,” and a secret signature “Cartier” can be found on the seven o’clock hour marker (VII).

Powered by a high-quality JLC mechanical movement, it ensures reliable and accurate timekeeping for generations to come.

Limited to only 40 pieces and offered with its complete original set including warranty certificate and box, this watch is an exceptional piece that combines history, art, and impeccable craftsmanship, making it a highly coveted addition to any world-class collection.

 

 

Cartier – Bio

Founded by Louis-Francois Cartier in 1847, the house of Cartier is the luxury jewellers by reference in France.
Jewellers of the royal family and their prominent entourage, they quickly acquired fame in Europe.
Later Louis Cartier gave a second life to old watchmaking traditions with pieces like the mystery clocks, gem-set watches and other flamboyant pieces.
One of their iconic models called the Santos was made in 1904 for his friend and client the aviator from Brazil, Alberto Santos-Dumont.   Followed by other successful models like the Tonneau in 1906, the Tortue in 1912 and the famous Tank in 1919 to mention few.
The brand stayed in the family until 1964 and is now owned by a Swiss watch group.

Additional information

Accessories :

Accompanied by a 'Cartier' international warranty, product literature and a red leather presentation box