I only collect what I would like to wear. For instance, when I find a very special and hard to find piece, that would not suit my style, I’ll let it go. So in my collection, you will find pieces that you have never seen before, but also very well known and in large numbers produced watches. As soon as I do not want to wear a watch anymore, I’ll auction it.
It seems you have a lot of limited editions in your collection. Oftentimes LE’s don’t make a difference in the secondary market. Is this true for Cartier?
In my opinion this does not count for Cartier. Since quite often a Cartier LE is a unique model too, like for instance the Tank Asymetrique from 2006, or the Santos Dumont 1913 from 2005. These watches not only just have a different dial, the whole watch does not exist in a non limited edition. The size and the shape of the case are completely different.
- Where would you advise a new collector to Cartier to start?
Which pieces do you think have the most potential for future classics?
The Tortue is still an underestimated watch, except for the vintage Mono Poussoir. But the CPCP version of this watch, is still not fetching its original introduction (1997) price at auctions, but is doing better every year.
Which pieces have the most potential in terms of increasing value?
In terms of increasing value, the vintage Tank Cintrée and early Santos Dumont are unbeatable. And don’t forget the Tank Normale is increasing at every auction. This watch was not made in the numbers the LC Tank was produced, while it was the first Tank ever and will therefore always be more collectable than the LC Tank. Square and rectangle Cartier models in general still do better than the other shapes.