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Cartier Tank Louis Small Model 18k Yellow Gold Watch W1529856

$7,033.64Asking Price


The Cartier Tank Louis Small Ladies’ Watch was inspired by the classic design that was once worn by Louis Cartier himself. This stunning 22mm 18ct yellow gold case with 18ct yellow gold circular-grained crown set with a sapphire cabochon, fastens with a sophisticated brown alligator strap complete with 18ct gold ardillon buckle. Powered by caliber 057 quartz movement, the silver-grained dial features blued-steel sword-shaped hands and Roman numerals set beneath a protective mineral crystal lens. With water resistance to 30 metres, this watch is perfect for the everyday. With A Suggested Retail Price Of $ 10700 We got it at a very good price. This wonderful piece is truly a bargain! Manufacturer Model: W1529856 Family: Cartier Tank Louis Movement Type: Quartz Dial Colour: Silver Strap Material: Alligator Leather Case Material: 18K Gold Case Diameter: 22.0mm Water Resistant: 30 Metres Watch Thickness: 7.0mm Watch Markers: Roman Numerals Crystal: Sapphire Crystal Every watch we sell is 100% authentic guaranteed, in excellent working and cosmetic condition. Every watch is authenticated and properly serviced/polished before we list it for sale. FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE We have many other fantastic pieces of antique and vintage jewelry watch listed on our 1stdibs store, so please consider browsing our other pieces. If you are interested in any of our previously sold pieces, please contact us and we will do our best to source another one.


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    Width: 0.87 in. (22 mm)
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    Banbury, GB
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    1stDibs: LU949312451962

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Perhaps 1847 was not the ideal time to open a new watchmaking and jewelry business, as the French Revolution was not kind to the aristocracy who could afford such luxuries. Nevertheless, it was the year Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) — who was born into poverty — founded his eponymous empire, assuming control of the workshop of watchmaker Adolphe Picard, under whom he had previously been employed as an assistant. Of course, in the beginning, it was a relatively modest affair, but by the late 1850s, Cartier had its first royal client, Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned the jeweler to design brooches, earrings and other accessories.Under the leadership of Louis-François’s son, Alfred, who took over in 1874, business boomed. Royalty around the world wore Cartier pieces, including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Maharaja of Patiala and King Edward VII, who had 27 tiaras made by the jewelry house for his coronation in 1902 and issued Cartier a royal warrant in 1904. (Today, the British royal family still dons Cartier pieces; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, regularly sports a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.)Cartier’s golden years, however, began when Alfred introduced his three sons, Louis, Pierre and Jacques, to the business. The brothers expanded Cartier globally: Louis reigned in Paris, Pierre in New York and Jacques in London, ensuring their brand’s consistency at their branches across the world. The trio also brought in such talents as Charles Jacqueau and Jeanne Toussaint.One of Cartier’s earliest major successes was the Santos de Cartier watch — one of the world's first modern wristwatches for men. (Previously, a large number of people were using only pocket watches.) Louis designed the timepiece in 1904 for his friend, popular Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to check the time more easily while flying.Cartier’s other famous timepieces include the Tank watch, which was inspired by the linear form of military tanks during World War I, and the so-called mystery clocks. Invented by watchmaker and magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and later crafted exclusively for Cartier in the house’s workshop by watchmaker Maurice Couët, the mystery clocks were so named because the integration of glass dials on which the clocks’ hands would seemingly float as well as structures that are hidden away within the base give the illusion that they operate without machinery.On the jewelry side of the business, Cartier’s internationally renowned offerings include the Tutti Frutti collection, which featured colorful carved gemstones inspired by Jacques’s trip to India and grew in popularity during the Art Deco years; the panthère motif, which has been incorporated into everything from brooches to rings; and the Love bracelet, a minimal, modernist locking bangle reportedly inspired by medieval chastity belts.While the Cartier family sold the business following the death of Pierre in 1964, the brand continues to innovate today, renewing old hits and creating new masterpieces. It’s certainly one of the most well known and internationally revered jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, engagement rings, necklaces and other accessories.
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