The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.
Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261
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
Case Material: White Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
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.