Launched in the 1970s and perfectly embodying the decade’s aesthetic freedoms, the Cartier Coussin fuses Parisian elegance with a hint of inspiration from the Far-East that results in a design that is unlike anything else the famed French Maison has ever produced. Featuring some design details that have become signature elements of Cartier’s aesthetic, the Coussin boasts a white dial with black Roman numerals, a black chemin de far railroad-style minute track, blued steel hands and of course Cartier cherry on top, a blue sapphire cabochon-capped winding crown. Indeed, while it has that hallmarks of Cartier design, its “bamboo” style bezel features a sectional design inspired by the sections that break bamboo up into its various parts, thus bringing its Asian influence to life. Made of 18kt yellow gold and much larger than most other Cartier offerings at the time, the Coussin, or “Bamboo” as it is also known, stands 36mm tall and an impressive 28.5mm wide, which is also as wide as the men’s Cartier Tank was tall, which just goes to show how large this watch was for the time. With a rumored 250 examples produced, this is one watch from Cartier that will get collectors excited.
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Est. value range
$30,000 – $50,000
Watch is in near-mint vintage condition. Case in fine condition, showing no signs of wear. Some light surface oxidation visible on the corners of the case. Minor wear visible on the caseback near the lugs and screws, likely due to a careless strap change. Engravings and hallmarks are crisp and fully legible. White dial in near-mint condition, showing no significant signs of wear or damage. Watch comes on a later Cartier strap with an 18k tang buckle.
Please Note: Due to CITES considerations, if the watch is to be shipped outside of the USA, the exotic skin strap will have to be removed.
A rare model from Cartier that has only just begun to enjoy the plaudits that it has long deserved, the Coussin's unique construction and large size make it the perfect watch for the modern Cartier connoisseur to enjoy.