This is the third time since its original London launch in ’67 that Cartier has remade the model, which was inspired rather gruesomely by a car crash in which only a Cartier watch on the wrist of a Cartier Vice President was harmed. The watch melted. Cartier was inspired.
The unique ¨melted¨ design, comparable to Salvador Dali’s melting timepieces, was an instant success. In 1991, 300 limited edition pieces were released, in 1993 a platinum version was created and now in 2013 there are four new ladies watches with a fine jewelry setting.
In this limited edition, the pieces are made of either white or pink gold and include, on the more austere version 150 brilliant-cut diamonds, and on the more ornate version 471 brilliant-cut diamonds. Of the latter, only 67 numbered pieces will be released, while of the former 267 exemplars are available.