Listen up all you vintage Cartier lovers, something exciting this way comes. World renowned Cartier expert Harry Fane has returned to Dover Street Market Singapore with a fabulous new collection. But here’s the real good news: Everything is up for sale.
And he’s put together quite the selection, too, presenting a curated selection of jewellery, watches, clocks, and other objets d’arts that is certain to drop more than a few jaws. Many of these items are extremely rare and highly collectible. Some are connected to the British royal family.
On exhibit at Dover Street Market Singapore from 3rd to 17th November only, the selection spans 1920s Art Deco to the glamorous 1950s, all the way to the 70s, making this a true treasure trove for the vintage hunter.
Even if you aren’t on the lookout for anything specific, head on down to discover how jewellery and luxury trends evolved through the decades. Moving from the highly ornamental Art Deco style to the more-is-more approach of the 1950s, and on to the everyday wearable, practical designs of the 60s and 70s… the showcases promise a step back in time for the luxury aficionado.
Here are Vogue Singapore’s top picks—if they haven’t already gone home to lucky buyers.
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Cartier 18kt Yellow Gold Clip Brooch
This is an historically important gold clip brooch, one of just a handful, made in 1937 as a gift for guests attending the wedding of HRH The Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
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Cartier Pearl and Diamond Watch
A very rare ladies mechanical timepiece in platinum with diamonds from the 1920s mounted on a woven grey natural pearl strap with rose cut diamond clasp fitting
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Cartier 'Grain de Café' Earrings
Slated to make a proud comeback in 2023, Grain de Café is one of Cartier’s most under-appreciated—and under-valued—designs. This pair of yellow gold and diamond earrings go back to the 1950s.
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Cartier Triple Choker Necklace
A yellow gold and stainless steel Tubo Gas triple choker necklace made circa 1970, made with sprung links inspired by flexible pipes used around the world to transport gas, hence the name.
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Cartier Ruby Lovebirds Brooch
From the 1950s, here’s a most adorable lovebirds brooch made in platinum and yellow gold, featuring ruby, emerald, and diamonds.
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Cartier 'Ladybirds' Brooch
Here’s a unique collection of Cartier ladybird, seven brooches and a pair of ear clips made circa 1940/50, crafted in white gold, coral, diamond, and enamel.
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Cartier Diamond and Onyx Watch
A fine Cartier platinum, diamond, and onyx lady’s watch dating back to the early Art Deco era, circa 1919, Complete with signature Cartier Roman numerals and blued Breguet style hands.
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Cartier Gold and Diamond Ball Earclips
A pair of yellow gold and diamond ear clips made circa 1950. This gold ball and diamond design is extremely chic and elegant, deeply redolent of the 1950s, and a must-have Cartier style.
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Cartier Lady's Tank 'Reverso'
A Cartier lady’s Tank designed with the Reverso swivelling case made during the 1950s. This example is the smallest of the Cartier Reversos and dates to the 1970s.
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Cartier Diamond and Onyx Topiary Brooch
A beautiful platinum, onyx and diamond jabot pin made circa 1920 that immediately reminds us of the contemporary Clash [Un]Limited collection. Its unique shape draws reference from the Cyprus tree on a Versailles planter, where the former has long been an Art Deco reference to Islamic artistic expression.
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Cartier Lady's Tank Chinoise
This yellow gold lady’s Tank Chinoise timepiece designed in 1922 is a nod to the Parisian obsession with with the Far East during the 1920s. This example goes back to the early 1970s and has a painted enamel dial with Arabic numerals. Given the growing popularity of Cartier shaped watches in recent years, this piece is a fantastic find.
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Cartier Love Bangle
Another Cartier Love bangle this is not. This piece comes from the original production run made in 197o and is signed by its designer Aldo Cipullo for Cartier. Cipullo was the only independent designer ever allowed to sign his name on Cartier jewellery items. So if there were just one Love bangle to get, this one is it.