‘Crash Lon­don’ lim­ited edi­tion, by Cartier

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Dark fa­bles abound about the ori­gin of Cartier’s ‘Crash’ watch. one goes that, in the late 1960s, a client had en­tered the brand’s Lon­don bou­tique and pre­sented a watch that had been man­gled in a car crash, with a view to hav­ing it re­stored. an­other is that a Cartier Lon­don em­ployee had been in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent so se­vere that his gold watch had be­gun to melt. what­ever the truth, Cartier’s ‘Crash’ de­sign ra­di­ates all the creative spirit of the time and place that spawned it. imag­ined in 1967 by the Cartier Lon­don de­sign stu­dio, in the heat of Lon­don’s psy­che­delic art scene, this horo­log­i­cal cu­rio is re­vived pe­ri­od­i­cally for spe­cial oc­ca­sions. its lat­est it­er­a­tion – a glit­ter­ing cel­e­bra­tion of the re­open­ing of Cartier’s listed new Bond street bou­tique, re­vamped by the paris-based ar­chi­tect Bruno Moinard – con­tin­ues to em­anate a unique char­ac­ter way ahead of its time. Avail­able ex­clu­sively at Cartier Lon­don, 175-177 New Bond Street, W1S, cartier.com

‘Crash Lon­don’ man­ual-wind watch in 18ct white gold and bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, lim­ited edi­tion of 15 pieces, £69,500, by Cartier. silk scarf, £200, by anselm reyle & Lrrh, from house of Voltaire

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