In case there was any doubt, Cartier’s shaped watches are hot and are only getting hotter. Already designated by us as one of the ten choices for gentlemen at Antiquorums‘ most recent auction, did the Crash outperform not only its estimate but also set the world record at auction for this model. It was sold for HKD 812,500/CHF 101,865. This equals an amount of about $104.768, substantially more than a Crash of the same 1991 limited edition sold for in December of last year at the boutique auction house ‘Fortuna’ in New York City. This watch achieved $81,250.
That the star of the Crash is further rising can be explained by the fact that the watch, which was for a long time seen as an eccentric member of the Cartier-collection, is now appreciated by a larger group of watch connoisseurs who also have the desire to add it to their collection. The fact that Cartier reintroduced the watch, fittingly only available at their London boutique, as well put even more a spotlight on this charismatic watch. More people have become familiar with the Crash, and the fact that it is perhaps the most instantly recognizable statement-piece Cartier has offered in the past adds quite some desirability. As the prices of the Crash are rising, we expect that this model will lead the way, and also achieves further recognition for other vintage models of ‘La Maison.’