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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: WE300551
    Case No: 2773, 07/20
    Model Name: Large Tank Chinoise
    Material: 18k yellow gold, enamel and diamonds
    Calibre: Mechanical, 430 MC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Cartier crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow Cartier deployant buckle
    Dimensions: 29 mm. wide
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Presented in a stylish geometric case featuring a panther rendered in enamel and yellow gold, this "Tank Chinoise" watch is numbered 7 of a limited edition of 20 pieces only. The pavé diamonds give additional flair and complement the large dial of the watch.

  • 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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Ref. WE300551
A fine and rare yellow gold, diamond and enamel-set limited edition square wristwatch

Circa 2005
29 mm. wide
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$175,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am