Christie’s Sets World Auction Record For A Yellow-Gold Replica Cartier Crash

With an estimate of $70,000-$90,000, an 18k gold case fake Cartier Crash offered at Christie’s has set a new auction record, hitting a remarkable $225,000 before premiums. The sale took place last night and, thanks to several high-performing lots, Christie’s totaled almost $7.75M while celebrating a handful of records – including one from the sale of this iconic model from Cartier.

This specific Cartier Crash fake with black leather strap dates back to 1990 and includes both box and papers. Being of the earlier variety (pre-1991, though its warranty was dated in February of 1991), this crash is 43mm in length (post ’91 models use an updated case that is 38mm long), has “London” on the dial and, like all such Crash examples, was sold exclusively via the brand’s London boutique. Interestingly, in terms of possible Crash values, this example likely exists somewhere in the middle range of possible outcomes despite being a record-setting sale. It gets a significant bump for being a pre-1991 43mm example, but, being such a late example, it doesn’t share the ex
act same dial design as the original that was launched in 1967.
To understand the appeal (and value) of the older dial design, I reached out to the Crash-Whisperer himself, watch dealer and super collector Eric Ku, who told me, “The result achieved at Christie’s shows the increased interest in vintage Cartier pieces, especially like the Crash. Had it been a ’70s or ’80s version with the original-style dial, it could have easily done nearly double the result.” So, a great result for the Crash, but it would appear that there is huge potential among the earlier (and rarer) examples.

Given the general rarity of the copy Crash, comparable results are limited. Less than a month ago, at Sotheby’s November 11 “Important Watches Featuring Masterworks of Time” auction, a 1991 Paris example (part of the 400 unit limited edition) sold for CHF 90,720. In 2012, Sotheby’s sold a 1989 example (closer to that shown here) for $43,750. Going back further still, in 2005, Sotheby’s sold a 1986 Crash for $39,000. Looking at a more modern result for a London example, Phillips offered a 1987 Crash in October of 2017, and it sold for $175,000.
As with many vintage watches, if you look back into the early 2000s, pricing was, by comparison to more recent results, very low. That said, the ZF factory replica Cartier Crash – especially pre 1991 London examples – has been climbing for the better part of 10 years. Yesterday’s results at the Christie’s sale only confirm that the market is more than ready to operate in the six-figure realm when it comes to the Crash, but only time will tell where the ceiling really sits for these decidedly playful and endlessly collectible oddball Cartiers.

Rashida Jones’s UK Perfect Fake Panthère De Cartier In “On the Rocks”

In a down year for movies, “On the Rocks” is a bit of unrestrained joy. Bill Murray’s suits are flâneur-chic perfection, while Rashida Jones’s character pairs vintage Paris Review and Run-D.M.C. tees with a Strand bookstore tote—and a Chanel purse. The movie is one long demonstration of exquisite taste—she makes Kraft mac-and-cheese in a Le Creuest!—and the capper is this best replica Panthère de Cartier watch.

White Dial Fake Panthère De Cartier Watch

The Panthère (yes, that’s French for panther) is similar in shape to the Tank, but somehow even daintier. While the watch isn’t overtly panther-inspired, the panthère is a long-running Cartier motif: the jeweler makes rings and necklace pendants in the shape of a panther heads. More importantly for our purposes, in 1914 Louis Cartier made a watch with a panther pattern, the shape of which looks not totally unlike the modern Panthère.

Best UK Sale Santos De Cartier Chronograph Replica Watches For Men

The perfect fake Santos De Cartier Chronograph can best be described as dynamic elegance. Its sense of refinement comes from the iconic case and its distinct bezel, which now extends to where the bracelet or strap begins, one of the hallmarks of the in 2018 redesigned collection. While it maintains the recognizable profile of the Santos, it also provides it with a fresh look. The chronograph version is visually more dynamic than its time-only sibling. This is in part due to the subdials, which Cartier spaced out perfectly. The dial features the signature Roman numerals, along with a partial railroad track along the outer perimeter, marking the hours and minutes.

White Dial Fake Santos De Cartier Chronograph Watch

The center of the dial has a beautiful brushed finish, which the three subdials ‘cut in’. The two larger ones at the three and nine o’clock positions indicate the minutes and hours that have passed since the chronograph has been started. The smaller subdial at six o’clock is for the running seconds, with the date function incorporated. This contributes to the balanced look of the Swiss made Santos De Cartier Chronograph replica, but ‘La Maison’ did more to achieve this. A keen observer will notice that the watch lacks the traditional chronograph pushers on the right side of the case. Instead, there is only a single button on the left side. However, this doesn’t make the watch a monopusher chronograph, as this button is only used to start and stop the chronograph while resetting it is done by pushing the crown. These functions are made possible by caliber 1904 CH MC, an automatic manufacture movement, which can be admired through the sapphire caseback.

Stainless Steel Fake Santos De Cartier Chronograph Watch

UK AAA cheap fake Cartier is offering the Santos De Cartier Chronograph in three distinct flavors. Top of the line is the full-gold edition, which gives the watch a particularly luxurious look and feel. This is quite different from the version with a stainless steel case and ADLC-bezel. Especially combined with its rubber strap is this by far the most sportive version of the Santos De Cartier Chronograph. For people who want something in between these two styles, is there the classic combination of stainless steel with gold. For many, is this the most recognized style as Cartier was back in the day one of the driving forces that made this combination of metals popular. Today it still hasn’t lost any of its charms and underscores the dynamic elegance that the Santos De Cartier Chronograph has today.

Australia Post reveals UK luxury Cartier watches for senior managers actually cost $20K

A federal government investigation into the scandal may cost more than the lavish gifts purchased in November 2018
Four best quality fake Cartier watches given to Australia Post senior managers were worth nearly $20,000 in total, $8,000 more than the organisation’s chief executive told a parliamentary hearing this week.

Christine Holgate told Senate estimates on Thursday the watches, purchased in 2018 as a reward for the executives, were worth about $3,000 each.

But in a statement released on Friday evening, the Australia Post chair, Lucio Di Bartolomeo, said the four luxury high quality replica timepieces actually cost $7,000, $4,750, $4,400 and $3,800, totalling $19,950.

Holgate “provided answers to questions relating to the purchase of four gifts for four Australia Post employees [but] since the appearance I have become aware of further details of the purchase and wish, as a matter of urgency, to clarify [their worth],” Di Bartolomeo said in a statement.

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Australia Post earlier confirmed that Holgate, stood-down following the revelations, would still receive pay while sidelined.

A federal government-ordered investigation into the lavish gifts may cost more to complete than the $19,950 spend that attracted Scott Morrison’s fury.

The two government departments leading the investigation are preparing to hire an external law firm for assistance – something that past records indicate doesn’t come cheaply.
While most of the public focus on Thursday was on the lavish watch revelations, the government revealed in a separate estimates hearing that external legal services associated with the investigation into the offices of the Coalition MPs Michael Sukkar and Kevin Andrews cost taxpayers $50,000.

AusTender records show two recent $25,000 contracts were awarded to law firm Ashurst Australia for “review for ministerial and parliamentary services”.

Under questioning from the Labor senator Don Farrell, finance department officials confirmed these contracts were for the review into the offices of Sukkar and Andrews – an investigation that found there was an insufficient basis to reach a finding of serious misuse of money or resources.

That outsourcing decision has attracted scrutiny because Sukkar was previously a senior associate of the law firm hired.
The separate investigation ordered by Morrison on Thursday after revelations about Australia Post’s spending will be conducted over the next four weeks by the communications and finance departments with help from an external law firm.

Guardian Australia understands the government is likely to reach an arrangement with a law firm next week and a budget hasn’t been settled yet.

The government is expected to clarify the terms of reference in the coming days, but it has already signalled it will take steps to ascertain the knowledge or otherwise of the then chair and board members.

Morrison played down the notion of broader cultural problems across commonwealth bodies on Friday, after the Asic chairman, James Shipton, also stood aside pending an investigation into spending on tax advice.

“I think there wouldn’t be a board member of a government agency or a CEO of a government agency that did not get my message yesterday – I think they got it with a rocket,” the prime minister told reporters on Friday.

“And so, my advice to them is to get it.”

Morrison rejected claims from the Collingwood Football Club president, Eddie McGuire, who told that Holgate – a Collingwood board member – was the victim of “a pile on” because “hacks” and “dullards” were trying to drag her down.

The prime minister said the revelations on Thursday would not have “passed any test with the Australian public when it comes to a company that is owned by the government”.

Holgate, the chief executive since 2017, said Australia Post had bought four Swiss movement copy Cartier watches in October 2018 for “a small number of senior people who had put an inordinate amount of work in” to a project to allow more people to do their banking at post offices. Di Bartolomeo on Friday clarified they were actually purchased in November 2018.

At the Senate estimates hearing, Holgate characterised it as “an award” that was given “on behalf of the board”.

But John Stanhope, who was chair at the time, told the Australian Financial Review he could not remember authorising the spending in 2018.

Di Bartolomeo, who was appointed as chair late last year, has said the board and management team would “fully cooperate” with the investigation.

Australia Post’s annual report shows Holgate’s base salary this year is $1.42m, which equates to $27,243 a week, or $108,972 over the four-week investigation timeframe.

The chief financial officer, Rodney Boys, is acting as chief executive.

The Labor senator Kimberley Kitching, who led the questioning of Australia Post executives about gifts, told Guardian Australia the investigation needed to be conducted in a “transparent” fashion.

The shadow assistant minister for government accountability also said Labor expected the eventual report “not to be hidden or swept under the carpet or not be acted upon, as we have seen so often with this government”.

Kitching called for Australia Post to focus on service delivery, saying she had been “inundated with phone calls and emails from people with their individual stories of their mail not being delivered”.

“Australians just want Australia Post to deliver their mail, properly and in a timely manner, and I don’t think that is too much to ask,” Kitching said.

The trade minister, Simon Birmingham, who is set to replace Mathias Cormann as finance minister at the end of this month, said the review would look at any cultural issues at Australia Post that may be behind the “completely unacceptable” decision to buy the watch gifts.

“If the review finds failings across the board, then the whole lot will be dealt with,” Birmingham told ABC TV on Friday.
The opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, questioned why the prime minister had not taken such swift action on other recent issues.

“Well, no one’s heads have rolled over Western Sydney, have they?” Albanese said, referring to the Leppington triangle land purchase that is currently being investigated by the Australian federal police and the infrastructure department.

Albanese also queried the “enormous bonuses that had been given” to Australia Post executives.

Australia Post told the hearing on Thursday the total value of incentives awarded last financial year was $97.4m, although that included $21.6m in “thank you” payments to frontline workers for continuing to provide services through the pandemic.