Exclusive Timepieces 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

11 Cartier Catching and Precious, Mini Tank Wristwatch in Gold, Diamond-set Case and Bracelet

Estimate: € 18,000 –⁠ 36,000

Sold € 23,400

Lot Description

Model: Mini Tank
Case Material: Yellow Gold and Diamonds
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold and Diamonds
Year: 1980’s
Movement: Manual
Case N°: 034404
Dimensions: 14 × 29 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

Cartier: The jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers. There are few names in the world of high watchmaking and high jewelry that attract admiration more than Cartier. Founded by Louis-François Cartier in Paris in 1847, the legendary firm, from its beginnings, has been associated with exquisite craftsmanship and classic, sophisticated elegance. The Tank Louis Cartier was first made in 1922 and the original model, worn by Louis Cartier himself, came with rounded bran card shoulders, which gave it an Art Deco Style. This model is now considered one of the most iconic of Cartier, and over these more than 100 years many editions have been realized. The present 18k yellow-gold watch is smaller than the original one and is called Mini-Tank for ladies, presents the same rectangular shape with rounded corners, snap-on case back, stepped rounded bezel, cabochon diamond-set winding crown. This last detail recalls the precious and extremely unusual light motif present on the whole watch. Diamonds are indeed the main characters of the watch: while is it possible to find some examples with the case adorned with diamonds, such as this one, it is extremely difficult to find another bracelet with “grain de riz” mesh where each link is embellished with two brilliant-cut diamonds. The dial has the classical layout with a white background and black outer Roman numbers, all in good conditions. Preserved in nice conditions, the watch still presents very deep and crisp hallmarks and serial number on the back.