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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2011
    Reference No: 3388
    Movement No: 2
    Case No: 06/50
    Model Name: Rotonde Astroregulateur
    Material: Nobium-titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 9800MC, 43 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier clasp
    Dimensions: 50mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: With Cartier Certificate of Origin stamped by Cartier Hong Kong, Cartier red presentation box, CD Rom, product literature and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Aesthetically speaking, the ref. 3388 has an appealing look that captures every watch collector's attention. With an attractive greyish dial and an astroregulateur above 6 o’clock, the present watch is a perfect combination of sublime technical expertise and unmistakable appearance. Floating above a beautiful guilloché patterned chapter rings, the Roman numerals contract beautifully against the glossy nobium-titanium 50-mm case.

    Housed within this watch is an incredibly innovative in-house caliber 9800 MC, featuring the exceptional complication called Astroregulateur. This complication, invented by Cartier's watchmaking masters as an alternative to a standard tourbillon, alleviates the effects of gravity on the escapement by having it directly linked to the rotor allowing the escapement and the subsidiary seconds indication to rotate freely within the aperture to the dial.

    Numbered 6 of a limited edition of 50 pieces, the watch is in like new condition and is completed with all of its original accessories.

  • 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. 3388
A fine and rare limited edition nobium-titanium wristwatch with astroregulateur, certificate and presentation box, numbered 6 of a limited edition of 50 pieces

Circa 2011
50mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$470,000 - 940,000 

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019