Cartier Pasha Dual-Timezone 30002Sold
Cartier Pasha Dual-Timezone 30002
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“Mash’Allah, Mash’Allah,” is what we imagine the Pasha of Marrakesh said when he took possession of his unique 18k gold waterproof watch from Louis Cartier. As the story goes, somewhere in the 1930s or 1940s the Pasha commissioned Cartier to build a sturdy gold wristwatch that he could take with him during his daily swim. Cartier, in turn, came up with a bold round watch with striking lugs and a large crown protector cap. Now, it’s not clear if this story is actually true. Truth be told, it is likely that the Pasha ordered a more classic rectangular shaped watch, like the waterproof Tank Étanche. Regardless of the origin story, Cartier released this unique design to the public in the 1980s through the now iconic Gerald Genta-designed Pasha de Cartier collection This reference 30002 from 1992 was part of the Gerald Genta-designed Pasha de Cartier collection and incorporates a calendar, a second timezone, and a moon phase complication. The striking 38 mm 18k yellow-gold case features a wide engraved turning bezel and two pushers protected by large sapphire-tipped covers that are attached to the case with a security link. The bold and unconventional design of the watch is accentuated by the art deco style ‘Vendôme’ lugs. The cream coloured dial features three sub-registers at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions that display the date, a second time zone, and the day, respectively. Meanwhile, an oval recess at the 12 o’clock position shows a lovely royal blue disc with a printed Cartier signature and a lovely gold and blue moon phase indicator. This blue theme is continued on the blued central second hand and the large blued minute and hour hands in Cartier’s classic swords style. This 30002 runs on a handy quartz movement and comes on a black alligator-leather Cartier strap with an 18k yellow-gold Cartier deployant clasp.
Cartier Louis-François Cartier took over his master’s jewellery workshop in 1847. Over the years, his sons and grandsons inherited the family business and expanded the brand by opening shops in New York and London. King Edward VII of the United Kingdom granted Cartier a prestigious royal warrant in 1904, calling the brand “the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers.” Such was the renown of Cartier, that royal warrants soon rolled in from all over the world (among which, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Siam, Spain, Portugal, and Russia). While Cartier is known primarily for its jewellery, it also has a storied history in watchmaking. Cartier’s first foray in watchmaking came in 1888, offering exclusively ladies models. In 1904, Louis Cartier gave his friend and Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont a watch to wear during his flights. Until then, wrist watches were worn exclusively by women and men opted for the traditional pocket watch. The ‘Santos-Dumont’ was not only the first wristwatch geared towards men but also the first pilot’s watch.
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