Cartier - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2009
    Reference No: 3185
    Case No: 106462QX
    Model Name: Tank XL
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9753 MC, 20 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 30mm Width x 39mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Cartier fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Cartier Tank holds an important stature in the history of the house of luxury goods. First introduced in 1917, the Tank was named after a French war machine, the Renault FT-17 during World War One. The first ever prototype example was gifted to U.S. General John Pershing in 1918.

    The present example is a modern iteration of the famed model. With a pumped up case dimension in comparison to the original specimen from the early 20th century, the present is deliberately named Tank XL. The ref. 3185 in pink gold features a date at 12 O’clock and a retrograde style power reserve indicator at 6 O’clock.

  • 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. 3185
A fine and attractive pink gold rectangular-shaped wristwatch with date and power reserve indication

Circa 2009
30mm Width x 39mm Length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for HK$56,250

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

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