Mysterious Timepieces: Pendulums

Focusing on the extremely rare haute horlogerie pieces called Pendulums, which were part of the Sotheby’s ‘Important Watches’ 2013 auction, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Apsrey and other luxurious watchmakers introduced their timepieces and “Mysterious” pendulums which were called this due to their invisible mechanism and their needles appearing to ‘float’ in space.

It was around the 1910’s that Louis Cartier and master watchmaker Maurice Couët who at the time was only 18 years old, started to develop these pendulums. In 1912, Maurice Couet invented the very first mysterious pendulum, which he labelled model A. In 1920 he worked in collaboration with Cartier to develop the pendulum with a single central axis, unlike model A which had discs actuated by two axes located on each side of the base.

Pendulum Mysterieuse Cartier circa 1920s