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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2004
    Reference No: 2843
    Case No: 04/50
    Model Name: Tank Cintrée
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9770 MC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 46mm length x 23mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Designed by Louis Cartier in 1917, the Tank became commercially sold from 1919, in very limited quantities. The Tank Cintrée was then launched two years after, building upon the design language of the original. With its distinct DNA and Cartier’s perennial style, the reference's elegant curves and elongated silhouette became an instant classic. Earlier examples of the Tank Cintrée were made in small numbers, and well-preserved specimens in original condition rarely surface on the market, making them as elusive, as they are enticing.

    In 1998, the “Collection Privée, Cartier Paris” was launched in honour the most iconic Cartier timepieces over its decorated heritage. Including models such as the Santos, Tortue and Tank, this is one of the most exclusive and well-received limited edition series assembled by the Maison. The present Tank was released in 2004 from this line of highly coveted and rare watches. The Cintrée is both slightly thinner and longer the larger Américaine. With curves that hug the contours of the wrist, the present timepiece serves as a tasteful dress watch, fitting comfortably beneath the cuff. Encased in platinum and limited to only 50 pieces, the ref. 2843 stands out from its peers as it is the only model from the CPCP collection that does not feature “Paris” on its dial. Unlike its predecessor, the re-issued Tank Cintrée features a warm white dial with animated Arabic numerals in black, instead of Roman numerals.

    Sublime and in line with the firm’s heritage, the contemporary Tank Cintrée is one that is adored by many due to its timeless flare and clean aesthetic. Preserved in excellent overall condition and the present example numbered 4 out of the 50-piece limited edition. Without a doubt, this is a rare opportunity for Cartier collectors to add to their fine collection.

  • 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. 2843
A fine, attractive and rare limited edition rectangular-shaped platinum wristwatch, numbered 4 of a limited edition of 50 pieces

Circa 2004
46mm length x 23mm width
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$400,000 - 800,000 

Sold for HK$554,400

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)