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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 1997
    Case No: 62/150, A114439 and No. 062150
    Model Name: Tank à Guichet
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9752, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Cartier folding clasp
    Dimensions: 26mm x 37mm
    Signed: Case, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a Cartier presentation box and international guarantee booklet

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Tank wristwatch with its elongated “Brancards”, or case sides capsuling a smaller rectangle was created by Louis Cartier in 1917 and inspired by the very first Renault tanks deployed in 1917 during World War I. Legend has it that the first examples of the Tank Watch were offered by Cartier to General John Pershing of the American Expeditionary Force and certain of his officers.

    This case shape and name are now part of horological history and inseparable from Cartier. The present watch housed in platinum is part of a limited edition of 150 pieces made in 1997 to celebrate Cartier’s 150th anniversary and is inspired by a model made for the Maharaja of Patiala in 1928.

    The owner of this timepiece will surely be impressed by the contemplative nature of this watch and will gaze endlessly onto the two apertures which feature wandering minutes read via an aperture on the bottom of the “dial” and jumping hours via the window on top. Thanks to its timeless design and contemporary finish, it is a highly popular collector’s watch of the modern era.

  • Artist Biography

    Cartier

    French

    With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.

    Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. 

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Σ140

A limited edition and attractive platinum rectangular wristwatch with jump hour and wandering minutes, made to commemorate Cartier's 150th anniversary

1997
26mm x 37mm
Case, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,800-23,000
$15,500-25,800

Sold for CHF30,000

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