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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2000
    Reference No: 2365
    Case No: MG306570
    Model Name: Tank Française
    Material: 18K white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Quartz, cal. 016, 6 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold and diamond-set Cartier bracelet, max length 155mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold and Cartier concealed double folding clasp
    Dimensions: 20mm overall width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier Certificate of Guarantee stamped by retailer Dubail Paris and a fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Regarded as the brand’s most iconic model, the Cartier Tank was initially introduced in 1917. Named after the Renault FT-17, a French tank from the First World War, the design and aesthetics of the rectangular-shaped case clearly pays its tribute to it.

    Still a flagship model today, the Tank Française was initially released in 1996 under the leadership of the Richemont group. The present example is certainly a bedazzling one, fully pavé diamond-set on the case and bracelet with approximately 8 carats in total, making it an extravagant lady’s wristwatch.

  • 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. 2365
A lady’s fine and impressive white gold and diamond-set rectangular-shaped wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2000
20mm overall width
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$220,000 - 300,000 
€23,400-31,900
$28,200-38,500

Sold for HK$403,200

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021