Cartier Is Reviving the ’70s-Era Pebble Watch for a Limited 150-Example Run

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Cartier’s watches are as unique as they come, especially accounting for its vintage examples. Take the Crash, for example, which has garnered countless cosigns in the fashion community over the past three years. However, the brand’s history stems beyond that of the (Jay) Z-tier talents who have worn it; Cartier’s ethos trickles down to watches like the bizarrely limited Pebble, which is seeing a revival this November.

For reference, the Cartier London Pebble sold at a Phillips auction last year for roughly $405,340 (upon conversion). This lot was succeeded by one that sold via Bonhams for over $254,500. It’s safe to assume that the brand accounted for this upon bringing the elusive watch to the modern market — and whoever guesses so would be correct. While there are merely six Pebble examples in the world, the jeweler’s rally back to prominence inspired it to release 150 new models of this ‘70s-era grail.

Design-wise, the forthcoming Pebble retains every bit of the integrity of the original, namely the distinctive, rounded 36mm yellow gold case with a squared, off-white dial highlighted by a roman numeral index. Functionally, Cartier’s Caliber 430MC movement powers the traditional timepiece, granting it a 36-hour power reserve. 

Seeing as the original Pebble came about 50 years ago, there’s no better time for Cartier to make this watch more obtainable, even if it’s only by a slight margin. The limited examples will release this November for  £40,000 (~$44,700).