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

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2001
    Reference No: 2504
    Case No: 237342MG
    Model Name: Tank Américaine
    Material: 18K pink gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 077, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Bespoke 18K pink gold Cartier bracelet, max length 165mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41.5mm length x 22.5mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier certificate stamped Galleria Cavour 9, Bologna dated July 2001, product literature and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With its iconic design established in 1987, the Cartier Tank Américaine was officially introduced in the catalogues two years later in 1989. Although it hails from the diverse Tank family, the Américaine was the very first to feature a curved water-resistant case. Throughout its span of production, various iterations have been released to cater towards the growing community of collectors.

    The present example in pink gold featuring a diamond-set case consisting of 141 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of 1.67 carats is paired exquisitely with its bespoked bracelet made by none other than the prestigious maker, Cartier. Encasing a silvery white flinqué dial combined with the firm’s signature painted black Roman numerals and blued hands, the present timepiece is a stunner. Complete with its original certificate and presentation box, the present example will surely attract collectors of fine Cartier timepieces.

  • 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. 2504
A fine and attractive pink gold and diamond-set rectangular-shaped wristwatch with center seconds, date, flinqué dial, bespoke bracelet, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2001
41.5mm length x 22.5mm width
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$95,000 - 190,000 

Sold for HK$176,400

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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