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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2004
    Reference No: 2843
    Case No: 35/50
    Model Name: Tank Cintrée
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9770 MC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 23mm. Width and 46mm. Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed, case further signed 35/50
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier fitted presentation box, Certificate of Origin confirming the present watch is No 35/50, travel pouch and product literature.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cartier first launched the "Collection Privée, Cartier Paris" in 1998 to celebrate the manufacture's most iconic timepieces, such as the Santos, Tank or Tortue models. All the models paid homage to the classic and pure designs from the storied jeweler's past.

    Released in 2004 in a limited edition series of 50 pieces, the Tank Cintrée collection was the only "Collection Privée, Cartier Paris" model to not feature a "Paris" signature on the dial. Its curved, pure lines fit the wrist perfectly, demonstrating Cartier's forward-thinking design that was originally incepted in 1921. While the yellow gold re-edition was produced in 150 examples, the platinum version, such as the present example, was only manufactured in 50 pieces, highlighting the case metal's rarity. This watch furthermore features Breguet-style hands, a nod to the original Tank Cintrée watches in the 1920s.

    The modern Tank Cintrée also shares identical dimensions with the largest vintage Cintrée watch, measuring 46mm long and 23mm wide, enabling the wearer to reminisce and imagine the model in its most original form. The watch is furthermore presented in pristine, almost new condition, retaining all its original accessories, including the original certificate stating the watch is numbered 35, and part of a limited edition series of 50 examples.

  • Artist Biography



    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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Ref. 2843
A fine, rare and large curved limited edition platinum wristwatch with fitted presentation box and original certificate

Circa 2004
23mm. Width and 46mm. Length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed, case further signed 35/50

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF22,500

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017