Cartier - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 1935
    Case No: 20415, 27598, and 3201
    Model Name: Tank Cintrée
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. EWC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated pin buckle
    Dimensions: 46mm. overall Length, 23mm. Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    When first introduced to the market in 1921, four years after Cartier introduced the original Tank watch, the massive size of this, the largest of three, curved ‘Cintree’ models was absolutely breathtaking. Measuring 46 mm long by 23 mm wide, the sensually curved case conforms perfectly to the shape of the human wrist. Secured by four screws found on its sides, the case was finished superbly by Cartier, with a mix of brushed and polished surfaces that emphasize and enhance its curves and clean lines.

    This example made around 1935 features Cartier’s iconic Roman numeral hour markers, surrounding a closed, rectangular minute track at its center. The blued steel Breguet, or pomme, hour and minute hands match the winding crown that is topped with a genuine cabochon sapphire – an elegant nod to Cartier’s roots as the Jeweler to Kings – the King of Jewelers.

  • 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 very fine, large and curved rectangular yellow gold wristwatch

46mm. overall Length, 23mm. Width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for CHF27,500

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm