WATCH this space: see how you can get your hands on one of JACKIE O‘s style signatures …
By now we’re all familiar with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ style signatures. Her oversized sunglasses (by Nina Ricci and Francois Pinto Spa 2) are synonymous with her street style as was her preference for simple shift dresses, created by her friend and couturier, Oleg Cassini, and accessorised with pearls. Indeed, you can find replicas of one of her three-string pearl necklaces at Gerard Darel.
Other accessories Jackie favoured included Roger Vivier Pilgrim shoes, Castellani and Hermes bracelets and the classic Gucci Hobo bag. As for watches, Jackie was faithful to her Cartier Tank – seen in many iconic photographs and originally given to her by her brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill in 1963. The same watch is now a highlight of Christie’s New York Rare Watches and American Icons sale on June 21, and for Jackie O fans, it will no doubt generate much interest.
Estimated at $60,000 – $120,000, the watch features the engraving: “Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 am to 9:35 pm.” The times refer to the start and stop times of the 50-Mile Hike in Palm Beach in 1963. This hike was a short-lived fad after President Kennedy asked the American people to accept the mentally and physically gruelling challenge of walking this long distance; at the time he believed Americans were becoming “soft” and needed some more rigourous challenges. His inner circle of family and friends were some of the first to attempt the hike including Stas Radziwill and Chuck Spalding.
At the auction, the watch will be accompanied by an original painting that Jackie made in 1963 as a gift for Stas Radziwill celebrating the hike with the dedication “February 23, 1963 2:05 am to 9:35 pm / Jackie to Stas with love and admiration”.
The watch and the accompanying painting, are two of the most important historic artifacts to surface from the so-called Camelot years of the Kennedy Presidency. A portion of the proceeds of this sale will be donated to the National Endowment for the Arts. No doubt interest in Cartier’s iconic model will also surge. Easily recognised by its clean lines and elegance, the model celebrates its centenary year – it was first made by Louis Cartier in 1917 for American general John Pershing.
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