Although our old pal Eric Ku didn’t make the trip over to Geneva this year, he was top-of-mind for everyone in attendance after an early luxury fake Cartier London Crash CA sold for over $1.5 million through his online auction platform, Loupe This. Suddenly, one of the hottest areas of the vintage watch market was at a fever pitch – all eyes were on shaped 1:1 Cartier replica wristwatches at all four auction houses.
The sales didn’t disappoint. Cloches were clocking in at crazy figures at Christie’s and Antiquorum. An awesome Grand super clone Cartier Tank Cintrée with provenance from Hollywood’s Golden Age approached six figures at Christie’s. A wild cloisonné enamel Tortue that might have struggled to find an audience a year ago nearly doubled its high estimate at Sotheby’s. And it was impossible to miss the Parallélogramme at Phillips.
All attention, however, was on lot 133 at Christie’s, a 1990 AAA replica Cartier London Crash, to see if it could come close to replicating the jaw-dropping Loupe This figure. While it didn’t top a million bucks, it sure came close, settling in at CHF 819,000, a seriously impressive total for a ’90s London Crash.
It’s not only an aggressive result but also a sign of how the high quality fake Cartier Crash market is expanding. There are a number of fairly significant differences between Loupe This’ 1967 Cartier London Crash and the 1990 Cartier London Crash at Christie’s, but at the end of the day they’re both interesting for similar inherent reasons. It would have been a bit of a bummer to see the 1990 Crash, well, crash at Christie’s after there had already been so much immediate discourse on the model following the record-breaking sale at Loupe This.