Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

190 Cartier Very Attractive and Particular Lady’s Tonneau Shaped Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Pave Diamond-Set Bezel, Dial and Clasp, With Five Line Pearls and Gold Bracelet

Estimate: € 12,000 –⁠ 24,000

Lot Description

Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1980s
Case N°: 21211
Caliber: 21
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 6177
Bracelet: Yellow Gold with pearl
Dimensions: 28 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

In 1906 Cartier presented to the world the first Tonneau model and was received with a bit of skepticism due to its particular elongated and curved shape able to remember that of a barrel (in Frances Tonneau). Anyway, it slowly succeeded and became one of the most appreciated and sought after models in Cartier’s roster. Such an elegant shape has been declined in many ways in these more than 100 years for both man and lady’s watches and the superb example of Cartier Art Deco haute joaillerie from the 1980’s here offered is one of the nicest ever produced. The elegance and delicacy of this gem is definitely remarkable, decontextualized creation and epitome of jazz age. The 18k yellow gold case is incredibly crisp with deep hallmark on the side: the 36 diamonds brilliant-cut further embellish the bezel and perfectly match with the same structure of the two lugs. The dial as well is a tribute to preciousness with a full diamond pave set and the only two hands for minutes and hours to inhabiting the quadrant. The watch is also tied up to an exquisite and glamorous five-strand pearl bracelet, three of them intersected by yellow gold links, a sparkling gold clasp with diamonds completes the ensemble. The caliber 21 equipped is signed Cartier. Extremely elegant and very beautiful is such a perfect present for a lady.