Crash Paris in Yellow Gold

  • Collection: Crash
  • Model reference: Paris Crash
  • Case/Size: Yellow gold, 24mm x 39mm
  • Dial: Silver
  • Movement: Manual winding
  • Functions: Hours, minutes
  • Specificity: Limited to 400 pcs, CIRCA 1991
  • Collection: Crash
  • Model Reference: Paris Crash
  • Case/Size: Yellow Gold / 24mm x 39mm
  • Dial: Silver
  • Movement: Manual winding
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes
  • Specificity: Limited to 400 pcs, CIRCA 1991
  • Condition / Year: Very Good / Excellent / 1991
  • Box / Papers: Yes / Yes
  • Price: Upon Request

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The Cartier Paris Crash in Yellow Gold, originating from 1991, is a truly iconic and rare timepiece that encapsulates the spirit of avant-garde design and luxury craftsmanship. 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 when a client’s Cartier watch was involved in a car accident, melting and contorting its case into a unique and unexpected shape, Cartier was inspired by this incident, leading to the creation of the Crash watch. 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.

This particular 1991 Crash re-edition is crafted from 18-karat yellow gold, adding a touch of opulence 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 1991 Cartier Crash is a study in elegance and simplicity, featuring sleek, elongated Roman numerals and blued steel hands that contrast beautifully against the golden backdrop. The minimalist dial design ensures that all attention remains on the distinctive case, one can spot the word “Paris” on the dial instead of “London” and a secret signature “Cartier” 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 400 pieces our watch has a special patina to its case, some natural sign of oxidation that adds charm to the vintage look of this iconic timepiece.



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.

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Accessories :

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