Cartier Baignoire 'London'

Lot Number:
Condition: Very good
Year of Production: 1965
Case Size: 25mm
Case Material: 18k yellow gold
Dial Color: White
Bracelet/Strap: Leather
Movement Type: Manual
Box: Yes
Papers: No
Location: United States

Cartier London Baignoire 18k YG with Original Box

Holding a storied history that spans over a century, the Cartier Baignoire watch is a true icon in the world of luxury timepieces. Designed by Louis Cartier in 1912 specifically for the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, it was the iconic brand’s first oval-shaped watch. Boasting an elliptical case design that was a departure from the traditional round and rectangular shapes of watches at the time, the Baignoire (named after the French word for “bathtub” due to its shape), or “oval-shaped watch” as it was known at the time, showcased Cartier's pioneering spirit and innovative approach to watchmaking, and watchmaking design. Initially designed as a bespoke piece for the select few, the Baignoire quickly garnered attention for its distinctive shape and refined aesthetics and finally entered regular production in 1957. Throughout the decades, Cartier has revisited and refined the Baignoire, releasing various interpretations that highlight different facets of its design. From minimalist interpretations with sleek, curved cases to opulent versions adorned with diamonds and intricate guilloché patterns, each Baignoire model reflects Cartier's commitment to craftsmanship and artistic expression. Offered here we have an original 1965 Cartier Baignoire sourced from the original owner in London, where the watch was originally sold through Cartier’s London branch, the home of the iconic Crash. Made of 18kt yellow gold and sporting its original white dial, this 25mm x 19mm example comes on its original leather strap with its original 18kt yellow gold deployant folding clasp and its original Cartier London box, making it a truly special piece. THE DIAL Proving just how timeless Cartier's design has been over the 100+ years, the Baignoire's off-white dial features the same Roman numerals and blued steel hands that have become a lynchpin of Cartier's modern design. THE CONSTRUCTION Famously named the Baignoire after its bathtub-like shape, the Baignoire's oval case bends ever so slightly, making it the perfect fit as it drapes across the wrist. TIMING MACHINE READOUT This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.