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

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2023
    Reference No: WGTA0111
    Case No: 4459, No. 008/100
    Model Name: Cartier Privée Collection Tank Normale
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 070, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum Cartier bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier concealed folding clasp
    Dimensions: 25.7mm width x 32.6mm height
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier warranty dated 23rd June 2023, numbered certificate, cloth, loupe, red folder, instruction manual, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Each year at Watches & Wonders, Cartier reveals a historic model to be added to the Privée collectors’ collection. The star of the show joining the family this year in 2023, is a long waited one, the Cartier Tank Normale, the original Tank.

    Taking inspiration from the Renault FT-17 tanks from WWI with obvious design cues, the Cartier Tank made in platinum debuted in 1917 with the first piece offer to General John Pershing. The new model was launched with a total of six limited edition variants in yellow gold and platinum.

    Framed with satin-brushed finished brancards and high polished chamfers to create a clean and bold aesthetic, a bevelled sapphire crystal that resembles ones on the vintage original sits atop of a matching satin-brushed dial. Beautifully proportioned, the dial features strong Cartier DNA with Roman numerals and a chemin de fer track. An unexpected easter egg can be found on the VII numeral, commonly hidden as the secret signature of the Parisian House, the dial for the Tank Normale now features “1917”.

    But perhaps the most exciting feature of this watch lies beyond telling time. The highlight of the show for many, is the 7-link maillon bracelet, a truly rare feat that drives collectors wild. A first model in the Privée collection to be offered with a bracelet, the construction of this brick bracelet is simply stunning. A bracelet that definitely carries a heft, the present platinum Tank Normale features a seamless matching platinum bracelet with a concealed clasp that streamlines the entire look of the watch. On the wrist, it sits beautifully with impeccable style.

    Presented in absolutely unworn condition, this is a brand new example engraved with a lucky number 008 from a limited edition of 100 pieces. Here’s a spectacular chance to skip the waiting list to acquire one of the most handsome release by Cartier.

  • 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. WGTA0111
A “brand-new” stunning, rare and impressive square-shaped limited edition platinum wristwatch with maillon bracelet, warranty and presentation box, numbered 008 of a limited edition of 100 pieces

Circa 2023
25.7mm width x 32.6mm height
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$320,000 - 640,000 

Sold for HK$825,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023