Cartier - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: 2021
    Reference No: WGTA0044
    Case No: 4287, No. 035/100
    Model Name: Tank Asymétrique
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1917 MC, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Cartier pin buckle
    Dimensions: 47mm length x 26mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier warranty dated 11th January 2021, Cartier Certificate of Origin, instruction manual, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present variant of the Asymétrique was released with the core design principles that makes this icon elegant and highly desirable. Available in platinum paired with a silvered dial, pink gold with a anthracite grey dial (see previous lot) and like the present example yellow gold with a soft champagne coloured dial. Each produced with only 100 pieces, the present yellow gold example is numbered 35 from the collection. Well-balanced with and elegant sense of proportion, the yellow gold version features blued steel hands that matches perfectly with the cabochon crown. Furthermore, the condition of the present example is absolutely stunning, with crisp engravings and hallmarks protected with its original factory stickers, the present lot is accompanied with all its certificate and accessories, making this a incredibly desirable piece for any collection.

  • 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. WGTA0044
A rare, fine and attractive limited edition yellow gold asymmetrical wristwatch with certificate and presentation box, numbered 35 of a limited edition of 100 pieces

47mm length x 26mm width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$160,000 - 230,000 

Sold for HK$277,200

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022