This September, a unique Cartier Cheich watch of a legendary Paris-Dakar racer will go to an auction.
The story begins at the start of the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1983, when the CEO of Cartier, approached the event’s founder, with the thought of introducing a prize to any person capable of accomplishing the task both of them believed to be unrealistic: to be a winner two years in a row driving the same vehicle class.
Soon after that, Rahier became a winner of the 1984 competition and then went on to win again in 1985, fulfilling the criteria for the impossible demand.
His award was a glamorous watch from Cartier House. This exact timepiece will go to Sotheby’s in September. Moreover, it will come directly from Rahier’s family.
Cartier created the watch, which features a participant of the rally, who wears a cheich (the piece of fabric that protects the rally participant from the sand or the sun).
This item is likely to sell this autumn for a price range of €200,000 to €400,000. There are just four Cheich timepieces. One item is currently missing and is more myth than fact. Cartier owns two more pieces. So, that makes the watch from Rahier’s family the only one a zealous collector will ever have a chance to purchase.