This mystery clock by Cartier, known as a “prism” clock, is a work of exceptional engineering and stylish artistry. Crafted in a sleek Art Deco style with lapis lazuli accents, this prism clock is silver-plated and fitted with quartz crystal prisms and mirrors. These allow the dial, which is concealed in the base, to become visible through the glass window, but only from a certain angle. This ingenious design was first developed and patented in 1937 by Gaston Cusin, who was inspired by an underwater periscope. Cartier manufactured a number of different models of the prism clock, many made of impressive materials and stylish designs such as this one.
Founded in 1847, the firm Cartier is renowned for classic luxury. In 1898, the firm, known for their exquisite jewelry creations, expanded their craft to include clock-making. Thereafter, Cartier's clocks, table clocks, and watches were manufactured with an emphasis on perfection, beauty, and originality. The “Pendules Mystérieuses,” or mystery clocks, were Cartier’s masterpieces and continued to epitomize the company’s exceptional artistry for decades. This elegant example epitomizes the Cartier tradition of striking style and exceptional quality.
The movement is signed “Cartier Plaqué Argent 20M Swiss.”
3 1/2” wide x 3” deep x 4” high
Le Temps de Cartier, 1989, Jader Barracca, Giampiero Negretti, and Franco Nencini