Cartier - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: circa 1970
    Case No: 031'725
    Model Name: Tank Cintré
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 78-1, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold bracelet, max length 180mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Folding clasp
    Dimensions: 45mm. Length, 23mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since the late 1920s, the Tank Cintrée was the largest member of the tank family.

    The present example has to be dated to the 1970s, and is probably one of very few finished in white gold with a matching five row satin finished Cartier bracelet.

    Produced in yellow gold, white gold and platinum, Cartier’s Tank Cintrée has seen multiple enhancements with small subtle changes to details in order to keep in sync with society’s tastes. Nearly 90 years later, it must be regarded as the most beautiful rectangular wristwatch made for a man’s wrist.

  • 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 fine, attractive and rectangular shaped white gold wristwatch with bracelet and box

circa 1970
45mm. Length, 23mm Width
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF47,500

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm