Pierre Cardin Espace

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REF PC101
Manual-winding
42 MM
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SKU AS08184
Article Number 40991232
ref PC101
case size 42 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Gray
material Stainless Steel
style Avant-Garde
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Brown Leather Strap With Steel Pin Buckle.
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use with visible factory finishing. Brushed grey dial with printed indices is in excellent condition with matching handset. Unsigned crown.
REF PC101
Manual-winding
42 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08184
Article Number 40991232
ref PC101
case size 42 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Gray
material Stainless Steel
style Avant-Garde
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Brown Leather Strap With Steel Pin Buckle.
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use with visible factory finishing. Brushed grey dial with printed indices is in excellent condition with matching handset. Unsigned crown.

Why We Love it

In contemporary watch collecting, the radical designs of the 1970s are often overlooked in favor of the classic silhouettes of the 1950s and 1960s. And we think that’s a shame.

Back in the Grooviest Decade, industrial designers, fashion houses, and creatives of all stripes were experimenting with Space Age shapes inspired by man’s journey into…well…space! The Moon Landings of 1969 occupied the zeitgeist for decades to come — indeed, if you’re an Omega Speedmaster collector, they still do — and saw the creation of art that departed from the restrained, midcentury norms of the day into something flamboyant, colorful, and fun.

1970s watchmaking proved no exception to this playful experimentation. Pierre Cardin, a then-highly influential figure in womenswear who licensed his eponymous maison’s name to all sorts of products, created a line of 26 androgynous timepieces cased in plastic and steel and powered by hand-wound movements from Jaeger. Unlike contemporary pieces from the likes of Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe — which were often cased in precious metals — these funky watches remain highly affordable.

This particular Pierre Cardin Espace truly lived up to its Space Age inspiration: Housed in a 42mm ‘UFO’ case in stainless steel with brushed finishing, it features an unsigned crown, an acrylic crystal, a concave, polished bezel, and a brushed grey dial with printed, black rectangular indices and a matching black ‘pencil’ handset. By Pierre Cardin’s standards, this timepiece is certainly among his more tame designs!

Powered by the manually wound FHF36 movement from Fabrique d'Horlogerie Fontainemelon, a Swiss ébauché manufacturer that was eventually subsumed into ETA in 1985, it was produced in France, rather than in Switzerland. Paired to a brown suede single-pass strap with contrasting top stitching and a stainless steel pin buckle, this funky, hand-wound beauty is a perfect entry point into the world of vintage watch collecting.

Don’t believe us? Try it on for size!

Brand Story

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Watches probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when one considers the Italian-born, French dressmaker, industrial designer, and man-about-town Pierre Cardin. In love with dressmaking from a young age, Cardin was first and foremost a fashion aficionado and purveyor of haute couture. Though when haute couture itself gave way to net-a-porter in the mid-20th century, Cardin adapted to the times — as he did frequently throughout his life — and made the transition to ready-to-wear.
However, Cardin quickly made clear that high fashion wasn’t the be-all, end-all of his career. In 1971 the respected designer launched the Espace Collection of watches based on space age motifs, incorporating hand-wound movements from LeCoultre into futuristic cases in shapes that would make even a dedicated futurist’s head spin. Wild and uncompromising, these timepieces wear just as outlandish as the shaped watches then hailing from haute horlogerie maisons such as Patek Philippe and Piaget — but they were much more affordable.
Today, Cardin’s watches remain largely relegated to the fringes of collectible horology, though famed, notable collectors such as Auro Montanari (‘John Goldberger’) have been advocating for them for years. Made of steel, plastic, vinyl, and other distinctly ’70s materials, they’re a testament not only to the forward-thinking nature of the Italo-French designer’s creative mind, but fun, left-of-center design objects in and of themselves — and they’re available at terrific prices.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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