Cartier - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII Hong Kong Friday, November 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2022
    Reference No: W5310012
    Movement No: 144
    Case No: 3554, No. 87
    Model Name: Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton Sapphire
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9616MC, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 30mm width x 39.2mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier warranty card dated 26th March 2022, blank Cartier certificate, instruction manual, red folder, loupe, cloth, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Unveiled at SIHH 2014, the Cartier took a new spin on the Tank Louis Cartier. Reinterpret in literally the most transparent way, the model with a Renault Tank silhouette craved out its interior completely. The result is an astounding skeletonized wristwatch with an uncanny floating effect, exposing the wonders of mechanic works of the in-house caliber 9616 MC. Every winding gear and barrel of the 159 components surrounding the large circular bridge invites you to admire through the sapphire secured to the inside of the shock absorbers. Sized at 39.2mm x 30mm with an off center small seconds at 8 o’clock, the timepiece fits with stunning presence on the wrist. Well-received by the collectors’ community, Cartier further released a pink gold variant the following year.

    Preserved in excellent overall condition with its full set of accessoires, this Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton Sapphire in white gold is numbered 87 on its caseback. For those who favor the Cartier Tank design and appreciate the marvels of Mystery clocks by the brand, this might be the perfect marriage of both icons.

  • 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. W5310012
A rare and attractive white gold wristwatch with skeletonized dial, small seconds, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2022
30mm width x 39.2mm length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$160,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$215,900

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023