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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2006
    Reference No: 2842
    Case No: No. 076/150
    Model Name: Tank Asymétrique "Jumbo"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9770MC, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 31mm width x 26.5mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier instruction manual, red document holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Making its important debut in 1936, the Cartier Asymétrique was born amidst some of the most exciting times of watchmaking, especially for Cartier. During the innovative period where the firm was experimenting with creative case designs, the Asymétrique is definitely one that stood out among them all. Featuring a distorted rectangular-shaped case, more specifically parallelogram-shaped, the dial design is something unique to the specific model where the layout is also asymmetric.

    With the first modern interpretation launched in 1996, the ref. 2842 was released in 2006 as a limited edition series of 150 pieces for the coveted Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP) in yellow gold. Featuring a large jumbo case with Roman numerals and the firm’s signature guilloche dial, the case features an additional center lug on both ends while its earlier examples featured only four lugs in total.

    Elegant, rare and highly desirable, the present example numbered 76 is offered in attractive overall condition and certainly a collectible example to acquire.

  • 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. 2842
A fine and rare limited edition yellow gold asymmetrical wristwatch with presentation box, numbered 76 of a limited edition of 150 pieces

Circa 2006
31mm width x 26.5mm length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$156,000 - 235,000 

Sold for HK$378,000

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021