The most popular type of valuable vintage Cartier watch is either a new model which began production

Cartier as the type of industry expert who not only should have known better, but did know better. In one of the causes of action, Cartier of fraud, which requires specific knowledge of the false information delivered to Cartier about the nature and authenticity of the watches. Therefore, Cartier not only accuses Maron of selling him watches that were not 100% authentic as promised, but also knowing that he was selling Mayer inauthentic timepieces.

Cartier has dedicated at least two decades of his life to the purchase and sale of high-end timepieces, which also includes a number of rare and vintage models. Cartier complaint further reminds the court that Maron is not only Harvard-educated, but also an attorney. Cartier attorney has taken efforts to bolster Maron's sense of skills and education in order to suggest that Maron specifically defrauded Cartier into purchasing timepieces not worth the asking price.

According to the complaint, the majority of Cartier information came directly from Cartier, who is known for judiciously monitoring the authenticity of the timepieces that come in for service. Cartier is a meticulous record keeper and is, if anything, overly protective of their image and the recognition of their rare historic pieces that circulate among high-end collectors and that frequently show up at major international auctions. It is often said in the watch collector community that more "fake" ultra-rare vintage Cartier watches exist than authentic ones. This is due not only to their value, but also because there is a sophisticated network of workshops dedicated to "producing" replica vintage models in the hopes of selling them to eager collectors.

Historically, Cartier worked with a number of outside suppliers to produce parts for their watches. For this reason various minor details on parts such as cases and dials may have varied from one watch to another. The most popular type of valuable vintage Cartier is either a new model which began production in the 1950s and 1960s respectively. Due to the sometimes inconsistent parts used in authentic historic Cartier watches, it can be very difficult for anyone but honed experts to identify a complete authentic versus counterfeit timepiece. In this context "counterfeit" can mean a timepiece that combines original parts with replica parts (such as for hands, dials, etc... )#).

The sale of vintage (as well as new) Cartier watches is big business. Like many contemporary wealthy watch collectors, Cartier relied upon the advice and trust of people like Bob Maron in selecting (and often buying) timepieces for his collection. Experts help educate and inform collectors of what the rarest and more important timepieces to collect are. At the time of writing Cartier has not yet responded to the complaint, which was filed in his local jurisdiction. We will continue to monitor the law suit as it progresses. What is the take away message? Well, first of all, the vintage and auction market is quite murky and it should be proceeded with extreme caution, especially at the very high-end. For this reason we at aBlogtoWatch are very judicious in our coverage of auctions and related "available" vintage pieces because all too often there is funny business. Also, even the most esteemed and respected celebrity Cartier watch lovers rely on expert advice.

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