MADE CIRCA: 1940
MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold
MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical
CASE DIAMETER: 37mm
Coin watches are made by slicing a coin open, carefully removing the centre and then inserting a movement. Both the lid and movement are then hinged and case is finished. This creates a timepiece that acts as travel clock, discreet timekeeper and amusing curio.
This particular Cartier 'coin' watch draws upon the company's more modern, minimalist approach to design. Sunk inside a slice of yellow gold, with only a mirror polished sunburst effect upon the case, it gives us a rare glimpse into a world where travel across the globe was still for only the rich and upper class few and therefore, timekeeping was of the upmost importance.
- Winston Churchill, in his first address as Prime Minister of England, tells the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, "I have nothing to offer you but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."
- Charlie Chaplin releases his wartime satirical political comedy-drama film The Great Dictator.
- Olympic Games, assigned to Tokyo, Japan, and later to Helsinki, Finland, are suspended due to WWII.