Until a few days ago, this Cartier Cheich Watch's existence was unknown. For decades, there were thought to only be four pieces, all of which were gold. The fifth watch and only known white gold model to be made has recently reached The Watch Boutique. The rare timepiece was made exclusively for the race by Cartier's Alain Dominique Perrin and the Paris-Dakar founder Thierry Sabine. It featured a case that references the cloth wraps commonly worn in the desert for protection from the sun and sand. This white gold piece was commissioned in 2010 by Giorgio Seragnoli, a collector specializing in white metal Cartier. Two other models are locked away in the archives, one is thought to be lost, and Belgian motorcyclist Gaston Rahier owned the fourth example before being auctioned for $1.1 million last year.
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