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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2008
    Reference No: 2480
    Case No: 343462MG
    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: 22.5 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Cartier Certificate dated 2008 and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 'Tank Basculante' was first introduced in 1932, and originally designed with watchmaker LeCoultre. The watch featured a very unusual and unique case, which was reversible as to protect the watch crystal during outdoor events. Cartier reintroduced this model in the 1990s as an homage to the watchmaker's history.

    The present watch is a contemporary interpretation of the original iconic model from the 1930s. It is embellished with a diamond-set bezel, lending a touch of elegance and sophistication to this lady's 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. 2480
A lady's fine and rare yellow gold and diamond-set rectangular reversible wristwatch

Circa 2008
22.5 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$40,000 - 60,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO

Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016