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

164 Cartier Very Rare and Charming, Tank Arrondie, Wristwatch in Platinum, With Red Roman Numbers

Estimate: € 30,000 –⁠ 60,000

Sold € 85,800

Lot Description

Model: Tank Arrondie
Case Material: Platinum
Bracelet Material: Platinum
Year: 1980s
Movement: Manual
Case N°: 960 411 003
Dimensions: 24 × 30 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making which became the stepping-stone for the brand to experiment in form. Cartier introduced the Tank in 1917. The design of the Tank was inspired by the Renault FT-17 tanks: Cartier took the look of this tank’s treads and applied it to the lugs, which were integrated via brancards into the case itself. In 1977, Cartier proponed a brand new version of the Tank, named Tank Arrondie, characterized by curved “brancards”—this peculiar shape looks like a compromise between a rectangle (traditional) and an ellipse (innovative). The lot here offered is this kind of “new” Tank whose rectangular curved case has been made in platinum and strikingly well preserved. With a bracelet closed by a platinum Cartier deployante, the dial of this timepiece has an engine-turned decoration with uncommon red Roman numbers that match perfectly with its red steel spade hands and the ruby cabochon on the crown with any signs of use. Platinum watches produced by Cartier are extremely rare, moreover, only a few of them can boast the peculiarity of the red indexes and hands, in fact, they are the most sought after and appreciated by the collectors.