Cartier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1990
    Case No: A 115257
    Model Name: Tank Cintrée
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. ETA 2412, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 23mm Width and 46mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The name Cartier is synonymous with elegance, flamboyance and Parisian glamour.

    The present Tank Cintrée from 1990 is a marvel of finesse and design ingenuity. To create a dual time watch, Cartier decided to house two mechanical movements into one case and a dial split in two sections for the time indication, giving the watch a particularly vibrant look.

    The seductive Tank Cintrée case with its long case sides, curved back and two faceted crowns with sapphire cabochons lends itself particularly well to this complication.

    In overall excellent condition, the watch is most notably cased in platinum which is significantly rarer than its yellow counter parts.

  • 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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A highly rare and attractive platinum dual time wristwatch

Circa 1990
23mm Width and 46mm Length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for CHF50,400

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East Director

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021