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

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2015
    Reference No: WE400131
    Movement No: 10’163
    Case No: 21753NX
    Model Name: "Tonneau"
    Material: 18K white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 8970MC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 32mm length x 21mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by blank Cartier guarantee, instruction manual, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Over a century ago in 1906, Cartier, known for their daring aesthetics in design, broke through by pushing traditional boundaries by introducing their first tonneau-shaped wristwatch. While most timepieces from the respective era were either pocket watches or wristwatches with a round-shaped case, the introduction of an elongated barrel-like case was certainly unconventional.

    The present modern lady’s interpretation is a testament that not many watch brands can boast as the Tonneau remains in production today incorporating an almost identical aesthetic to its original example from the early 1900s. Featuring a white gold case set with brilliant-cut diamonds as well as a diamond-set crown, the appeal remains elegant with a touch of flamboyance.

  • 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. WE400131
A lady’s fine and attractive white gold and diamond-set tonneau-shaped wristwatch with guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2015
32mm length x 21mm width
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for HK$75,600

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021