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CARTIER. A VERY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM SPECIAL SERIES AUTOMATIC TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH 64 HOUR POWER RESERVE AND BOX
CARTIER. A VERY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM SPECIAL SERIES AUTOMATIC TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH 64 HOUR POWER RESERVE AND BOX
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Many of the watches offered for sale in this catal… Read more CARTIERPlatinum 150th Anniversary Diabolo TourbillonThe Property of the Original Owner
CARTIER. A VERY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM SPECIAL SERIES AUTOMATIC TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH 64 HOUR POWER RESERVE AND BOX

SIGNED CARTIER, DIABOLO MODEL, REF. 2051T1076, CASE NO. W1512951, CIRCA 1997

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CARTIER. A VERY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM SPECIAL SERIES AUTOMATIC TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH 64 HOUR POWER RESERVE AND BOX
SIGNED CARTIER, DIABOLO MODEL, REF. 2051T1076, CASE NO. W1512951, CIRCA 1997
Movement: cal. 102, automatic, 39 jewels, signed
Dial: secret signature at X, signed
Case: glazed back secured by eight screws, 36.5 mm. diam., signed
With: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp, copy of Cartier insurance confirmation letter dated 14 September 1998 and presentation box
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Many of the watches offered for sale in this catalogue are pictured with straps made of endangered or protected animal materials such as alligator or crocodile. These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check with the department for details on a particular lot.
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This endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. The watch will be supplied with a calf leather strap.

The “Diabolo” model was launched in 1991, featuring the celebrated “attaches à vis armurier” or “gunsmith” style tube screws to fasten the lugs, with cabochon decoration to the ends as used in Cartier’s early 20th century designs. The name is derived from the conical shape of the large winding crown, resembling a “diabolo” or “Japanese devil”, a toy popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Diabolo tourbillon is furthermore Cartier’s first tourbillon wristwatch ever produced.

The present watch is from a special series of the model in platinum launched in 1997 to celebrate the firm’s 150th anniversary.

According to the copy of the insurance confirmation from Cartier Munich dated 19 March 1998 the retail price for the Diabolo Tourbillon at the time was DM192,000, around CHF100,000.

The particularity of the tourbillon is that all the escapement parts - pallets wheel, pallets and sprung balance - are assembled in a small mobile cage that makes one complete rotation in one minute. This ingenious device, invented by the celebrated Abraham-Louis Breguet, eliminates performance variations due to gravitational forces and thus assures optimum accuracy in the mechanical watch.

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