Cartier - Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Geneva Sessions Fall 2023 Geneva Friday, September 8, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1990
    Case No: Inside caseback engraved 21676 and 1676 outside caseback engraved A102123
    Model Name: Tonneau
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manuel Cal.78-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Cartier pin buckle
    Dimensions: 46mm lug to lug width X 27mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    - Cartier invented the tonneau (French for barrel) in 1906, showcasing already its avant garde design philosophy.

    - The present tonneau from the 1990s is part of a very limited number of pieces made by Cartier Paris as printed on the guilloché dial and on the caseback.

    - The present tonneau features all the design elements collectors have come to love from Cartier: rose pattern guilloché dial, blued hands, and a riveted crown with blue cabochon.

    - Elegant and refined with the coveted Paris signature, this tonneau is overall preserved in excellent 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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An elegant and refined tonneau yellow gold wristwatch

Circa 1990
46mm lug to lug width X 27mm width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF6,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF12,065

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Geneva Sessions Fall 2023

8 - 15 September 2023