Harking back to the swinging Sixties, the Crash watch from Cartier represents the period’s carefree spirit and creative freedom. Its asymmetric face was inspired by a Cartier timepiece returned by a client who had been involved in an accident. Jean-Jacques Cartier, then head of Cartier London, saw it and was so taken with its unusual shape that he wanted to reproduce it. Only 267 numbered pieces for the models with gold bracelets are available, in reference to the year the Crash watch was first created in 1967, while only 67 numbered pieces are available for the dazzling gem-set watches.
A model wearing the Crash watch
Dior VIII Grand Bal Pièce Unique No. 5 watch in yellow gold and black ceramic with yellow sapphires and
agate, Dior Khoon Hooi Autumn/ Winter ’13
Crash watch in white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds, Cartier
Charms Mini watch in pink gold with diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels
Charms watch in pink gold, Van Cleef & Arpels