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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2014
    Reference No: W5310012
    Movement No: No. 150
    Case No: No. 34
    Model Name: Tank Louis Cartier Sapphire Skeleton
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9616 MC, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm length by 30mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier Certificate of Origin, loupe, and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The strength of Cartier as a watchmaker is their ability to put the design of a watch first, but back it up with equally impressive technical skill. In this way, Cartier is able to seize on its long-established status as a design icon while being a contender in the high horology arena. The Fine Watchmaking branch of Cartier has been working hard in recent years, having introduced model after model of innovative, interesting, and breathtakingly beautiful timepieces, making them a darling of watch enthusiasts the world over.

    The Tank Louis Cartier Sapphire Skeleton is without a doubt one of these darlings. Introduced at SIHH in 2014, it was first offered only in white gold (the present lot) before being introduced in pink gold the following year. The movement itself, the skeletonized in-house caliber 9616 MC, is suspended between the two sapphire panels making up the front and back of the case. The double barrel movement gives the watch an impressive three-day power reserve, and the sapphire panels are affixed to the case with secret rubber blocks for shock-resistant purposes and to stabilize the movement.

    Offered here in excellent condition with all original accessories, the present Louis Cartier Sapphire Skeleton is a jewel in the crown of the “jeweler of kings, king of jewelers.”


  • 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 sublime, rare, and technically impressive white gold skeletonized wristwatch with guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2014
39mm length by 30mm width
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $75,600

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022