From the 1920s onwards Cartier encouraged watchmakers to develop very small movements for its highly valuable watches. This enables the watch case to blend into the jewelry design and sometimes be concealed altogether. The smallest mechanical movements ever made were soon used by Cartier in its "baguette watches." They were highly admired as firmly contemporary ornaments in the period between the wars.
CARTIER PARIS, 1928
Platinum, Round diamonds, two pentagonal diamonds, baguette-cut diamonds, square-shaped, half-moon and 8/8-cut diamonds. Supple articulated bracelet of collet-set brilliant-cut diamonds.
Rectangular LeCoultre caliber 104 Duoplan movement, rhodium-plated, 8 adjustments, 17 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, flat balance spring.
CARTIER PARIS, 1932
Platinum, pink gold, one triangular-shaped ruby cabochon.
Rectangular LeCoultre caliber 101 Duoplan movement, fausses Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated, 2 adjustments, 16 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, flat balance spring.
Described in Cartier’s archives as “the tiniest” (la plus petite), this watch contains the smallest mechanical movement in the world (14 x 4.80 x 3.40 mm), and is of the Duoplan type, which means that its regulating system is placed on a plane above the gears, making it possible to reduce overall width.
Sold to Prince Tikka Rajah of Kapurthala.
Width 0.61 cm
CARTIER PARIS, 1938
Yellow gold, faceted citrines.
Rectangular LeCoultre caliber 403 Duoplan movement, rhodium-plated, 15 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, flat balance spring.
Width of the bracelet 2.5 cm
CARTIER PARIS, 1952
Yellow gold, rock crystal.
Round LeCoultre caliber 427 movement, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, monometallic balance, flat balance spring.
The dial appears in reflection if the clock is situated directly opposite, at a precise angle.
Sold to Prince Ali Aga Khan, son of the Aga Khan III
2.85 x 1.74 x 1.74 cm