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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 2000
    Reference No: 2843
    Case No: 48/50
    Model Name: Tank Cintrée
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9770MC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platine brick-stone bracelet, max length 195mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Cartier 18k white gold deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 47mm. X 23mm.
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted presentation box, limited edition certificate confirming N° 48/50, and service booklet with Certificate dated February 8, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    First introduced in 1921, the Tank Cintrée is without a doubt one of the most elegant timepieces Cartier created. The stylish case, with its elongated and curved shape, conforms to the curvature of the wrist for sublime wearing comfort. The Cintrée is a direct descendent of the original Tank designed by Louis Cartier in 1917, and was the largest and most daring watch made by the firm during the roaring ‘20s. Today, Cartier’s “Tank” line is a wristwatch icon, one of the world’s most recognizable and desirable timepieces thanks to its classic lines and seamlessly integrated case, bezel, and lugs. It is a design that transcends time.
    Part of the prestigious Cartier Paris Collection Privée (CPCP), in the year 2000, Cartier manufactured a limited edition of 50 watches in platinum as an homage to the original Tank Cintrée. Housing a prestigious, ultra-thin Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber, all 50 timepieces were fitted with crocodile straps secured by white gold deployant clasps. The original owner of this watch, number 48, found that such a beautiful timepiece deserved a precious metal bracelet. He went to his trusted jeweler in Italy and had the present stunning satin finished brick bracelet specifically designed for his watch. The satin finish texture matches the satin finished sides of the watch’s case, matching the aesthetic codes of the Tank. The present watch is in fantastic condition and is accompanied with its original fitted box, limited edition certificate, and service booklet.

  • 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 limited edition rectangular-shaped platinum wristwatch with custom-made bracelet, box and certificate

47mm. X 23mm.
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF23,750

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016