Cartier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 2842
    Case No: 063/150
    Model Name: Tank Asymétrique "Jumbo"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9770 MC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 26.5mm Length and 31mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1996, Cartier released a limited edition based on the original "Parallelogram" from 1936. Always staying true to its core values, Cartier was constantly innovating by pushing the boundaries of design and form, particularly in the first part of the 20th century. The tilted form of the watch was intended to make reading the time while driving easier, which also explains the legible Arabic numerals.

    Known as the "Jumbo" due to its larger case size, this Tank Asymétrique was made in a limited edition of 150 examples, and displays a beautiful guilloché dial. Preserved in excellent condition, it displays crisp hallmarks on the case back.

    So desirable and attractive is this model that Cartier launched a new interpretation of the Tank Asymétrique in its 2020 releases.

  • 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. 2842
A highly rare, asymmetric and attractive limited edition yellow gold wristwatch, number 063 of a limited edition of 150 pieces

Circa 1997
26.5mm Length and 31mm Width
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF35,560

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

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