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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1995
    Reference No: 2506
    Case No: 344832MG
    Model Name: Collection Privée Tank Basculante
    Material: 18k yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Quartz
    Bracelet/Strap: Red Cartier crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Cartier deployant buckle
    Dimensions: 24.5 mm. wide
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Cartier pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The "Tank Basculante" model was first introduced to the market in 1932 and originally designed in collaboration with LeCoultre. The reversible case was produced for wearers to protect the watch crystal during sporting events, and for the watch to be propped as a small clock. Cartier relaunched this model in the 1990s.

    The present watch is a modern interpretation of the 1932 model, enhanced with yellow gold and diamonds, thus combining both form and function.

    The present design seldom comes to market and is very rare.

  • Artist Biography

    Cartier

    French

    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. 2506
A lady's fine and very rare yellow gold and diamond-set rectangular reversible wristwatch

Circa 1995
24.5 mm. wide
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$50,000 - 80,000 

Sold for HK$106,250

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am