Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 October 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.

Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271

135 Cartier Attractive and Very Rare, Tank Duoplan, Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Silver Roman Numbers Dial

Estimate: € 5,000 –⁠ 10,000

Sold € 6,500

Model: Tank Duoplan
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1950s
Movement: Manual
Case N°: 105896
Dimensions: 19 × 25 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

One of the rarest expressions of Cartier’s unmistakable design language, the Cartier Tank Duoplan is also one of the most distinctive and beautiful. The Tank was invented in 1917 on the basis of the Renault FT-17 tank. One of the first prototypes was given to the American general John Pershing in 1918 but this model only made its world debut in 1919 with just 6 pieces available. At the beginning of the ’20s its popularity raised considerably enough to push Cartier to increase production numbers. The unconventional design of the example here offered, shows something very different compared to the others Tank that one usually sees. First of all, the stepped case with a sort of frame is very unusual for the standard and so are the sharp edges that are generally more rounded. Preserved in nice condition, the main peculiarity is surely the absence of the cabochon and the position of the winding crown under the case. The traditional Cartier white dial is clean with the inner-minute track while outside are printed the classic Roman numerals. This watch is the perfect example to become part of a special collection.