Cartier - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 1997
    Case No: 101/150
    Model Name: Tank à Guichets
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9752 MC, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 25.5mm Width and 37mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier blank guarantee, product literature and anniversary presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Tank à Guichets wristwatch introduced in 1928 marked a significant departure from traditional timepiece designs of its era, embracing the avant-garde aesthetics of the Art Deco movement. Its distinctive jumping hours mechanism and minutes aperture at 6 o'clock set it apart as a masterpiece of both form and function. The term "à Guichets" denotes the French translation of apertures, within which the hour "jumps" as time progresses, adding to its allure and sophistication.

    Commemorating their 150th anniversary, Cartier's limited edition Tank à Guichets, released in 1997, pays homage to this iconic timepiece while infusing it with contemporary craftsmanship and luxury. With only 150 examples produced, each watch becomes a coveted collector's item, embodying the timeless elegance and sophistication synonymous with the Cartier brand.

    Crafted from platinum and adorned with a ruby cabochon crown, this anniversary edition exudes opulence and refinement. The subtle yet significant deviation from the traditional sapphire crown serves as a testament to Cartier's commitment to innovation and attention to detail.

    Measuring 25.5mm wide and 37mm long, the case of the watch strikes the perfect balance between understated elegance and undeniable presence. Its restrained design ensures that it remains a symbol of taste and sophistication rather than ostentation.

    In pristine, like-new condition and accompanied by its original accessories, including the presence of its case back sticker, this particular example of the Tank à Guichets numbered 101 stands as a testament to Cartier's legacy of excellence and timeless design.

  • 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 wristwatch with jumping hours, made to commemorate Cartier's 150th anniversary and numbered 101 of a 150 pieces limited edition, guarantee and presentation box

25.5mm Width and 37mm Length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF120,650

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024