88 Cartier October 2021 | Monaco LOT 73

73. Cartier Very Elegant and Charming Tank à Guichet in Platinum With Unusual Jumping Hour Complication, Bracelet, Box and Papers

Estimate € 50,000 –⁠ 100,000

Sold € 120,250
Lot Description
Model: Tank À Guichet
Case Material: Platinum
Bracelet Material: Platinum
Year: 1997
Movement: Manual
Case N°: 067/150
Dimensions: 36 x 24 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box and Papers

The “jumping hour” complication gained enormous popularity at the turn of the ’20s and ’30s of the ’900, for its simple and effective design able to reflect the period of crisis and economic difficulty. It was in this climate that Cartier decided to present the first model of Tank à Guichet, inspired by the most iconic model he had ever created, the Tank. Its style was essential with a rigid case and two small windows, in French Guichet which just gives the name to the watch, able to show the hour and minutes. The lot offered here is a limited edition created in 1997 for the 150th anniversary of Cartier. Precisely for this reason only 150 specimens were made, which makes this watch a highly rare and desirable piece. The two-body and solid case is in fully platinum and preserved in astonishing conditions with no evident signs of wearing and intact engravings on the back that also show that this very example is number 67. The two guichets stand out at 12 and 6 o’clock while the ruby cabochon at 3 ’clock is the only element to break this linearity and simplicity. To further embellish the watch has been equipped a platinum bracelet with a tile decoration and signed Cartier deployant. The present watch is also offered with its original box and papers.