225 Cartier Remarkable and Attractive, Tank Américaine, Flying Tourbillon Volant, Wristwatch in White Gold, With Box and Papers, Reference W2620007

Estimate: €30,000 –⁠ 60,000

Sold €52,000

Model: Tank Américaine Flying Tourbillon Volant
Reference: W2620007
Case Material: White Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 2009
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 9452 MC
Case N°: 3199, N° 40
Dimensions: 51.5 × 31.5 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Box, Papers, Loupe and Cd

2009 represented a real quantum leap for Cartier. For the very first time, the brand developed its own watch movements that reflect the brand’s intense and ambitious research into mechanisms: the Flying Tourbillon Volant, equipped on a Tank Américaine. Featuring striking silhouettes, inventive graphic designs and spectacular volumes, the present watch with a dynamic and large white-gold case sized at 51.5 × 31.5 mm case is absolutely astonishing. A true work of the heart, the full glory of the dial becomes particularly apparent when observed under a watchmaker’s eyeglass. The dial, on which the blued-steel minutes and seconds hands turn, distinguishes itself by the presence of two levels. A first traditional guilloché dark grey dial is overlaid with an openworked grid that features Roman numerals and a chemin de fer framing the one-minute flying tourbillon in shinning metal with a contemporary appeal. Revealed in the large opening at 6′ o’clock is the brand’s signature C-shaped motif carriage, pivoting on its axis every sixty seconds the tourbillon floats freely and can be appreciated by connoisseurs. This masterpiece is powered by the caliber 9452 MC, Cartier’s emblematic Geneva Seal movement. It was presented at the 2008 SIHH as part of the ballon bleu de Cartier watch and later been incorporated into two historic Cartier models: the present Tank Américaine and the Santos 100. Representing the first in-house tourbillon, features 142 components beating at 21 600 bph and has a power reserve of 50 hours. Preserved in remarkable conditions, this watch it’s going to be a milestone in Cartier’s watchmaking and thus a very interesting specimen for every collection.