• Lot 114

    Cartier. A fine and rare platinum square wristwatch

    SIGNED CARTIER, PARIS, TANK CHINOISE PLATINE MODEL, REF. 2685G, CASE NO. 0034 CE, CIRCA 2004

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    Cartier. A fine and rare platinum square wristwatch
    Signed Cartier, Paris, Tank Chinoise Platine model, ref. 2685G, case no. 0034 CE, circa 2004
    Cal. 437 MC nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, silvered engine-turned dial, Roman numerals, secret signature at VII, square case, raised bars to both ends overlapping the sides, cabochon sapphire-set crown, rounded lugs, back secured by four screws in the band, 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    30 mm. wide & 37 mm. overall length


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    With Cartier red presentation box.

    The Tank Chinoise was originally launched in 1922, its case design with raised overlapping bars to the ends is an alteration from the classical Tank wristwatch. Imitating the architecture of Chinese temples, its perfectly symmetrical crossbars and sides from a square opening, symbolizing an open door to an inner space.

    The large version of the Tank Chinoise mainly available in gold, models in platinum, such as the present watch, are exceedingly rare.

    The 1920 model is described and illustrated in Cartier - The Tank Watch by Franco Cologni, p. 187.

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