Robb Design Portfolio: Time Traveler

Form meets function in a vintage Cartier clock.
At the turn of the last century, journeys were leisurely affairs for well-to-do Europeans and Americans. Any proper trip—whether by ocean liner or railway car—included first-class accommodations, trunk-loads of clothing, and such personalized accessories as this bedside rock-crystal travel clock, which Cartier’s artisans carved by hand in 1910. Estate jewelry specialists Stephen Russell (212.570.6900, www.stephenrussell.com) recently acquired the mint-condition clock and its leather carrying case from a dealer in Paris. Priced at $95,000, the timepiece is adorned with enamel, platinum, and diamonds. "The quality of the craftsmanship is incredible," says Stephen Feuerman, who co-owns the store with Russell Zelenetz. "It is amazing that they could carve rock crystal so smoothly and perfectly without the use of machinery." rel="nofollow" Indeed, the workmanship is so remarkable that one can easily forget the original function of this timeless objet d’art: to keep its globe-trotting owner on schedule.

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