1971 Pierre Cardin Espace Watch Movement 9
I bought this watch from a French watchmaker in 2017. I had it serviced and also had its crystal changed. It runs very well and can last up to two days without winding. A new strap would be hard to find since it is 28 mm, but it looks very nice on with its current one.
After designing collarless suits for the Beatles in 1963 and NASA Spacesuits in 1970, Pierre Cardin launched his very brief Espace watch line in 1971. Cardin was an O.G. of the space-age set along with André Courrèges, Mary Quant, Rudi Gernreich, and Paco Rabanne, who all created clothing for the future where you’d be accompanied by your best friend and confidante, Barbarella. Made of metal blocks, lucite cubes, layered disks, contouring arcs, smoky crystals, bold stripes or flying saucer-shaped Futuro domes, most are very rare. With many unearthed prototypes and scarce models, they’re often a challenge to find. All are mechanical watches fitted with hand wound Jaeger FE-68 movements.
The strap is not original. I tried to find one but haven’t been able to locate any.