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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1999
    Reference No: 2487
    Case No: 77/99
    Model Name: Tonneau Double Fuseau
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 061, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 26mm width x 46mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Cartier Tonneau has long been an important model in the fruitful heritage of the firm. With the very first example released over a century ago in 1906, the model remains as one of the most iconic and elegant timepieces retaining its aesthetical principle as its original model. Distinctive in design with its barrel-shaped contour, the present example cased in platinum is not only part of the coveted Collection Privée Paris (CPCP), it is also a celebration in 1999 as a limited edition created for the Macau handover to the People’s Republic of China. Operated by the two signature cabochon sapphire crowns and fitted with a Tonneau Double Fuseau dial (French for double time zone), the two time display are decorated in different styles, the applied 9 o’clock hour marker adds further uniqueness to the very year of 1999. The scarce collection was produced in only 99 pieces with 22 pieces made as left-handed edition and 77 of them as right-handed edition like the present example. Elegant and refined, this attractive example is engraved “Macau 1999” and numbered 77 of a limited edition of 99 on its caseback. For those who missed out on the release in 1999, this is an absolutely fantastic chance to seize this striking edition of the brand’s classic icon.

  • 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. 2487
A very rare and attractive limited edition platinum tonneau-shaped dual-time wristwatch with guilloche dial, numbered 77 of a limited edition of 99 pieces made to commemorate Macau’s handover to the People’s Republic of China

Circa 1999
26mm width x 46mm length
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$201,600

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022