Times are changing. The world of watchmaking a century ago is completely different from today. Although Cartier is now a vertically integrated manufacturer, in the 1920s, the brand just reached a very successful partnership with Edmond Jaeger and obtained high-end movements from other manufacturers. For example, the movement in the watch is derived from Audemars Piguet.
This watch is delicate and elegant in appearance, but it contains impressive complexity, especially considering that the date of production is as early as the 1920s. The slider on the left side of the case has already hinted that this is actually a minute repeater watch, and its movement was produced only between 1906 and 1929.
Audemars Piguet movement, with Cartier case, looks very delicate. Although the Arabic numerals on the dial are different from what we expected from Cartier, the entire watch is still a masterpiece of high-level workshops from design to appearance. The watch is made of platinum and the bracelet material is consistent with the case. Interestingly, Audemars Piguet produced almost the same watch with this movement, except that the dial was decorated with its own logo. So perhaps we should consider Cartier as a retailer, not a manufacturer. This was very common at the time, and other well-known brands such as Tiffany also sold products from other Swiss watch brands in their boutiques.
The anecdote about this watch doesn’t stop there. Its original owner was Henry Haven Windsor Jr., son of the founder of Volkswagen, who raised the magazine’s circulation to 2 million copies. Therefore, the back of the watch is also engraved with the name of Henry Haven Windsor Jr. and his address in Chicago. There is no doubt that this watch is not only in the history of Cartier, but also in the history of Audemars Piguet and the entire watchmaking industry.