watches

The super-rare Cartier ‘Cheich’ watch just sold for $1.1 million at Sotheby’s



Cartier watch with red strap

Vintage Cartier watches seem to have a magic aura unmatched by other watch brands. Why? Because they push the envelope of outer design and are popular with watch nerds, design nerds and pop culture fiends alike. (Example: Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier Tank was bought by Kim Kardashian in 2017.)

The unique Cartier ‘Cheich’ watch was originally created as a prize for the person who won two consecutive Paris-Dakar races (aka The Dakar Rally, a gruelling bike race through France and into the African desert), in what was known as the Cartier Challenge. The races and watch were won by Belgian motocross racer, Gaston Rahier. There were only four of the watches ever made; one is now considered lost and the other two are in the Cartier collection. Rahier’s Cartier Cheich was not seen in public for 40 years until the recent Sotheby’s exhibition and online auction.

The Cartier Cheich was designed by Jacques Diltoer, former creative director of Cartier and Alain-Dominique Perrin, Cartier’s then president. The undulating gold ‘folds’ of the case were inspired by the Dakar Rally’s logo which featured the face of a Tuareg (a native of the Sahara Desert) wearing a “cheich,” a traditional piece of cloth worn around the head as protection against the sun. The case is made from white, yellow, and rose golds woven together.

At the moment, we don’t know who bought this Cartier Cheich, but high profile Cartier collectors include the likes of Kanye West and Tyler the Creator. Watch this space for updates…

Cartier Cheich watch auction

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IMAGES: Cartier Cheich / Sotheby’s
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Perfect pairing: watch and bangle



Jennifer Alfano watch

A single chunky chain bracelet or slim bangle with a steel sports watch make a perfect pairing.

Rather than a stack of Love/Juste un Clou bracelets, or Van Cleef Alhambras, I prefer a less identifiable bangle from Le Gramme or a chain from Sophie Buhai* or Jennifer Alfano. It’s a good fall-back look for adding a suggestion of glam to plain sweaters or shirts, as demonstrated in this Jennifer Alfano profile, (above).

Alternatively, how about a watch with a chain strap? The Hermès Nantucket on a weighty silver chain is looking good to me, or even better, a Miles Davis-style curb chain with a teeny square watch face (below). If you’re lucky enough to locate one, that is (Foundwell sometimes has similar).

Foundwell watch
Miles Davis watch

Meanwhile, this rare Hermès nautical link bracelet fitted with a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch (below) was spotted on a guest at Simon Jacquemus’s wedding a couple of weeks ago. Added to basket Pinterest immediately.
Hermes Jaeger-LeCoultre watch

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IMAGES: Jennifer Alfano; Foundwell; Miles Davis; Dimepiece
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The Tank Must de Cartier for a new generation



Tank Must de Cartier

I’m a complete sucker for a classic Cartier watch, especially one reissued from the archives. This month sees the relaunch of the Tank Must de Cartier, a discreet unisex style originally released in 1977. Created at the height of the quartz watch era, it was designed to appeal to the new young Cartier customer, with its diminutive proportions, entry price point, brightly coloured dials and vermeil (gold-plated silver) hands.

Fast-forward and we’re again seeing this new youthful customer embracing old-school watches. (more…)



On my radar: Minas Spiridis



Minas Spiridis

I just discovered the work of Minas Spiridis, a Greek jewellery and product designer who passed away last year at the age of 82.

I love this fluid, sculptural style, including his Cycladi stool, a table mirror, and a magnifying glass on a pendant. But my favourite is the Minas watch he designed for Georg Jensen. Only 1000 were made, including one owned by his friend, Keith Richards. (more…)