Cartier - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2000
    Reference No: 2435 C
    Case No: 0042 AF
    Model Name: “Tonneau”
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 060MC, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 26mm width x 46mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp 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.

    The present example from circa 2000 is a modern interpretation of the acclaimed barrel-shaped model. Encased in platinum, the silvered guilloche dial with painted black Roman numerals are an instant classic. Elegant and refined, this attractive example is perfect for the discerned lady or gentleman collector.

  • 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. 2435 C
A fine and attractive platinum tonneau-shaped wristwatch with guilloché dial

Circa 2000
26mm width x 46mm length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$55,000 - 100,000 

Sold for HK$201,600

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Thomas Perazzi
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021