Cartier Paris and Edmond Jaeger Seed Pearl and Diamond Wristwatch
Dating from the 1910s, this early platinum, seed pearl and diamond wristwatch was created by Cartier Paris in collaboration with Edmond Jaeger and European Watch & Clock. The square case with rounded corners , marked EJ for Edmond Jaeger, encloses a silvered dial with Roman numeral indicators and blued hands, case and geometric lugs enhanced with millegrain accents, and rose-cut diamond winding stem, approximate total diamond weight 3.50 carats, enclosing a signed European Watch and Clock Co. 19-jewel movement with 8 adjustments, joining a mesh band of platinum and seed pearl links, completed by a platinum and 18K gold deployant clasp set with rose and old European-cut diamonds. A great early Art Deco design from a visionary firm, this period wristwatch is a refined and historic piece of watchmaking history.
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Item #: W-20594
Dimensions: 5.75" interior circumference x 0.75" width
Materials: Seed pearls; 112 single-cut and rose-cut diamonds (with approximate total weight 3.50 carats); 18K Gold and Platinum
Signed: Dial signed CARTIER, movement and interior case signed EW&C Co. Inc. and European Clock and Watch Co., Bte SGOG. case and deployant clasp marked EJ for Edmond Jaeger, case, lugs and clasp with French guarantee stamps, case marked 16829 and 8421, clasp marked 366, STE 10398, reverse of case further engraved "Florence M. Lamborn. 250 Upper Mountain Ave MONCLAIR NJ"
Literature: For a discussion of the development of the wristwatch at Cartier, including the design of the square dial with corners such as this, see Cartier: Jewelers Extraprdinary, by Hand Nadelhoffer, pp. 273-275.
Louis Cartier was one of the pioneers of the wristwatch form for men and women. In 1907, Cartier signed a 15-year exclusive contract with Jaeger. This watch, whose case, bracelet and clasp were designed and made by in Cartier and Jaeger in Paris, may have been retailed in New York. Jaeger and Louis Cartier alike were convinced that the future of timekeeping lay in these practical forms. which were a versatile vehicle for Louis' modernist design and lifestyle ideas.