Cartier - Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR Geneva Friday, November 11, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 2008
    Reference No: 1723D
    Case No: Stamped 28/30
    Model Name: Tank Americaine
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 430MC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Ostrich
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm long and 22mm wide
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier fitted box, guarantee certificate, limited edition certificate confirming N° 28/30 and purchase invoice dated September 27, 2008

  • 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. The present lot is a direct descendant of the original Tank known as the Tank Americaine. It’s a noteworthy model within the Tank’s distinguished lineage since it was the very first water resistant tank watch when originally launched in 1989. With its broader, more masculine brancards, fitted with an ultra-thin Piaget-sourced caliber, the Tank Americaine is a graceful evolution of the iconic Tank that preserved its original genetic code. Number 28 of an exclusive limited edition of 30 made specially for the Italian market at the end of the 1990s, it’s fitted with an unusual dial featuring dark green Roman numerals. Complete with its original box, guarantee, certificate and purchase invoice, this connoisseur’s timepiece will no doubt impress with its immaculate, factory original condition.

  • 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. 1723D
A fine and attractive large rectangular limited edition platinum wristwatch with dark green Roman numerals

40mm long and 22mm wide
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for CHF18,750

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016