Cartier: The jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers. There are few names in the world of high watchmaking and high jewelry that attract admiration more so than Cartier. Founded by Louis-François Cartier in Paris in 1847, the legendary firm, from its beginnings, has been associated with exquisite craftsmanship and classic, sophisticated elegance. Their clientele is a Who’s Who in the world of fashion, politics, and society, with names like Wallace Simpson, Princess Grace of Monaco, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Andy Warhol, and even Formula 1 superstar, Ayrton Senna. In 1904, Cartier created the world’s first men’s wristwatch to incorporate integrated lugs for the renowned aviator, Alberto Santos Dumont. Following up on the success of this early timepiece, Cartier realized the Baignoire and Tortue in 1912, and in 1917, the revolutionary “Tank”. Designed near the end of World War I, the inspiration for the Tank’s groundbreaking design came from the top view of the very first Renault military tank vehicle deployed that same year.<br /><br />Introduced in 1921, the 9-ligne, Grand Tank Cintrée model was the largest and boldest variation of Cartier’s Tank line. With its long, slender, and gracefully arching case, the Cintrée is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful watches made during the 1920s to 1940s. Measuring a dramatic 46mm long by 23mm wide, the Cintrée’s highly curved case was designed to hug the curves of the wrist. The expansive dial and case combine straight lines, sensual curves, and crisp angles, resulting in a ‘modern’ wristwatch with a design far ahead of its time. The present Grand Tank Cintrée, manufactured in platinum fitted with its original and removable Cartier platinum 7-link bracelet is, quite possibly, the finest and best-preserved example known. The most iconic version of Cartier’s iconic Tank model revered for its gentlemanly elegance, it houses an extremely wellfinished European Watch and Clock 9’’’ caliber supplied by LeCoultre and finished by Edmond Jaeger. Formerly owned by the financier Oscar C. Seebass, U.S. census records indicate Seebass and his wife Florence lived and worked near Manhattan, New York in the early 20th century. Ninety years after it was manufactured, it is as elegant and breathtaking today as it was during the “Roaring Twenties”. We are incredibly honored to present this watch. It is an opportunity to satiate even the most demanding of collectors.
Case/Bracelet: The case and bracelet are in remarkable condition with very minor and shallow wear. There are a few heavier nicks to the sides at the screws. The case back hallmark and inscription are crisp, the case number is slightly rubbed. The original bracelet with very shallow wear. Dial: The dial is beautiful and very clean. It is factory original with no restorations. It has developed a pleasant, off-white patina consistent with its age. There is a minor scratch to the ‘IV’ hour marker, as well as a small scratch near the edge. There is some oxidation around the edge, in particular near the 12, 1 and 4 o’clock hour markers. Movement: The movement is running.
<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">Paul Boutros</a><br> Head of Watches, Americas<br> +1 212 940 1293<br> <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
46.5mm length and 23mm width
The present watch is prominently featured in White Cartier Bianco by Osvaldo Patrizzi, watch ‘137’.
Grand Tank Cintrée
<p>With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.</p><p>Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. </p>