Crash with Diamonds 2838

  • Collection: Crash
  • Model reference: 2838
  • Case/Size: Pink gold, 23.3 x 39 mm
  • Dial: White
  • Movement: Manual winding
  • Functions: Hours, minutes
  • Specificity: pavé-set diamond bezel
  • Condition / Year: Excellent / 2008 Approx.
  • Box / Papers: Yes / Yes
  • Collection: Crash
  • Model Reference: Cartier Crash Diamonds 2838
  • Case/Size: Rose Gold / 34.7mm
  • Dial: Silver with rose gold accents
  • Movement: Manual winding
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes
  • Specificity:
  • Condition / Year: Like New, Mint / Unknown
  • Box / Papers: Yes / Yes
  • Price: Upon Request


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It is bold, it is eccentric, and it is crashed “if one goes by the legend”, revealed in 1967, the myth says it was inspired by a timepiece that survived a car crash – therefore the name « Crash ».
Actually the first impression is the resemblance with « The Persistence of Memory », the melting clocks from Salvador Dali but in reality according to the book The Cartiers, it is rather the symbol of artistic freedom and rebellion against traditional watch design norms of that time that led Jean-Jacques Cartier and artisan Rupert Emmerson come up with this audacious timepiece.

Cartier is known for being the creator of trends, finding inspiration from highly unusual places. And it is perhaps most evident in the unique and unequivocal design of the Cartier Crash. Expressions like unorthodox and asymmetrical are an understatement when it comes to this case design.

This unusual case since inception been a controversial topic about its origins. The asymmetry of the case appears almost as if Cartier had taken an oval and completely crashed it. It is trendy, but not associated with a particular era. It is the definition of non-conformism and creative freedom. It is today, one of the most sought after and highly collectible timepieces.

In 2017, Cartier launched the Libre collection comprising of 5 new watches – the Baignoire Débordante, Infinie, Etoilée, Interdite and the Crash Radieuse.


The stylish diamond-paved case of this Cartier Crash made of pink gold reveals an off white matte dial with gold fancy roman numerals around lovely rose gold central hands indicating the hours & minutes, The crown is set with a triangular diamond.

This ladies model, small size case with a manual-winding movement hidden under the solid case-back where the inscription of Cartier is engraved.  Fitted with a black leather strap that gives the perfect contrast for the lucky few.
A rare dial combination, this watch is offered with its complete original set including box and warranty certificate.



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 undated Certificate, blank Certificate of Origin, presentation box with outer packaging DVD and product literature.