Cartier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XI Geneva Sunday, June 28, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2000
    Reference No: 2685G
    Case No: 0164CE
    Model Name: Tank Chinoise
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 437 MC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 29mm Width and 37mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier product literature and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cartier released their Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP) series in 1998. A journey through the archives, these timepieces paid homage to the famed jeweler's iconic designs. Among the icons that were re-issued were the Crash, Tank Cintrée and Tortue among others. Today, watches from the CPCP collection are particularly collectible among the collecting community.

    First launched in 1922, the Tank Chinoise was a stylish reinterpretation of the original Tank model. It featured two overlapping bars on either side of the case, providing additional flair and a design twist. The present watch is a modern interpretation. Cased in platinum, it is a beautiful ode to Cartier's stylish designs of the 1920s and 1930s.

    The present watch is preserved in particularly excellent condition with sharp hallmarks beneath the case.

  • 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. 2685G
A rare and highly attractive platinum wristwatch with presentation box

Circa 2000
29mm Width and 37mm Length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF7,000 - 14,000 

Sold for CHF21,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020