French silversmith and jeweller Louis-Francois Cartier established a modest workshop in Paris in 1847. He had the good fortune to come to the notice of Princess Mathilde Bonaparte who gave him many valuable commissions, which enabled him to expand his business. Under the management of his grandsons, Pierre and Jacques, the firm moved to its present location on the Rue de la Paix in 1889. Cartier's enjoyed the patronage of most of the royalty and nobility of Europe in the years before the First World War, opening branches in London, New York, Cannes and Monte Carlo. In 1972 the business was purchased by a group of investors and the New York and London branches which had been sold off, were repurchased. The company was renamed "Les Must de Cartier" in 1981 and then "Vendome Luxury Group" combining it with other luxury brands including Cartier, Alfred Dunhill, Montblanc, Piaget, Baume & Mercier, Karl Lagerfeld. Cartier is now part of luxury goods company Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, based in Switzerland, but founded by South African businessman Johan Rupert.
A Cartier Quadrant travel clock, quartz, the attractive white square dial with Roman Numerals in lapis blue enamel on the outer bezel. Displays beautifully on its flip-over hinged base stand. Classic Cartier blue cabochon for adjusting the time. Marks at b
A Must de Cartier travel alarm clock, enamelled metal Paris, Switzerland, fourth quarter 20th century, octagonal maroon/brown enamel with tricolor gold banded accents, quartz movement, marked Cartier, Paris and numbered 751705905 Swiss, in original red lea
A Cartier travel alarm clock, quartz movement, square white dial with Roman numerals, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case with black leather outer case, reference 100240AL-3410, 40mm diameter
An Art Deco Cartier desk clock the octagonal silver frame with machined enamel border and an eight day wind up mechanism. All parts marked 1396. Old repair to the top corner. In working order. Height 6 cm
A Swiss made Cartier desk clock with gilt bezels and polished wood panels. Quartz movement. Number 7531-04800. In original case with repair quotes 2004. Not in working order. Height 7 cm. Width 14 cm. Depth 9 cm
A fine Les Must de Cartier desk clock, with star burst engine engraved case mounted by onyx, the front with enclosing doors and cabochon knob, enclosing gilded surround with Roman numerals, cantered by guilloche face, clock numbered 00708 Cartier Paris to
Alarm desk clock 'Must de Cartier pendulette' by Cartier. Oval-shaped yellow gold plated case with black lacquer, original crowns with cabochon-cut sapphires, quartz movement, with original box and papers.
A quality Art Deco period Cartier desk clock, the circular polished white agate case with solid gold bezel inlaid with champleve dark cobalt blue enamel, the engine turned silvered dial with black Roman numerals, the fancy silver hands set with rose cut di
Cartier, an enamel travelling clock, tank, quartz movement, rectangular case with cream enamel detail, square white dial with painted black Roman numerals and centre sweep seconds, original maker's fitted box.
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