A Cartier Crash from the primary launch of the mannequin bought for $1.65 million at public sale Thursday, practically double the earlier public sale report for the uncommon and recognizable watch that has surged in recognition lately.
The 18-carat yellow gold Crash was created at Cartier’s London maison in 1967 and is among the many earliest examples of the watch to ever seem at public sale, in keeping with Loupe This, the net watch platform that brokered the sale.
The watch is in “excellent” situation, the public sale home mentioned, which helped contribute to the seven-figure successful bid, regardless of an estimated price ticket of between $500,000 and $800,000.
Crash watches have damaged public sale information on an virtually annual foundation, with the previously most expensive Crash promoting for $816,158 at a Geneva public sale in November, breaking the report set only a yr prior in 2020 when one other Crash supplied at Christie’s bought for $225,000 before premiums.
The problem of buying the watches straight from Cartier has made the Crash among the many most coveted by collectors and helped increase its value at public sale.
The recognition of Crash watches amongst celebrities could also be contributing to the record-breaking costs fetched by the uncommon mannequin at public sale. Rapper Tyler The Creator donned one in a 2021 music video for his track LUMBERJACK, whereas Kanye West has confirmed off his Crash on social media and wore it throughout a 2019 appearance on David Letterman’s Netflix collection My Subsequent Visitor Wants No Introduction. West’s ex spouse, Kim Kardashian West, has additionally been photographed sporting a Crash, as has rapper Jay-Z, who final yr wore a contemporary, skeleton-like model that was launched in 2015 to a movie premiere.
The origins of the distinctive, Surrealist form of the Crash are shrouded in thriller. Whereas the curving watch dial is paying homage to the limp clocks in Salvador Dali’s 1931 portray The Persistence of Memory, a extra dominant concept is that the form was impressed by a buyer who introduced in a Baignore–a traditional oval-shaped Cartier watch–to the model’s London flagship retailer for restore after it had been badly warped by warmth throughout a automotive accident, which can have impressed the title Crash.
$31 million. That’s how a lot the costliest watch to ever promote at public sale–a Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A–fetched in 2019 in Geneva. Nonetheless, luxurious watch costs at public sale fluctuate significantly, and plenty of fetch solely four- or five-figure sums, even on the world’s main public sale homes.
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