Sale 19662
A Lifetime of Collecting – 101 Cartier Clocks
Online 7 - 21 July 2020

O. Bachet & A. Cartier, Cartier Exceptional Objects, Éditions Palais Royal, 2019, book I, p. 334 for the photograph of this clock


As a young man in the Prévost workshop, Maurice Coüet was developing a talent which was later to raise Cartier's table clocks to the highest levels of inspired craftmanship. Maurice learned the basics of his craft in his father's small workshop in Evreux, then moved to Prévost's in Paris and subsequently set up business with five assistants in the rue Saint-Martin.
From 1911 on, the little workshop was supplying table clocks exclusively to Cartier. Coüet was a clockmaker of inventive genius in the great tradition of the craft established in the Renaissance. Armed with the expertise inherited from the Bréguet tradition, Coüet began to change the Cartier collection with a series of delightfully conceived designs firmly grounded in mathematics. He would go on to invent the 'Comet' models, the chronoscope, the jade drum or the pillar clock, amongst others.

Extract from Cartier Jewelers Extraordinary by H. Nadelhoffer
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