Original Les Must de Cartier Lady’s Vermeil Tri-Gold Tank Wristwatch
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Rare and Beautiful ** Original Les Must de Cartier Lady’s Vermeil Tri-Gold Tank Wristwatch **
Exceedingly beautiful Les Must de Cartier Lady’s vermeil Tri-Gold Tank wristwatch, complete with its original Cartier buckle, boxes and papers.
Cartier originally designed their first Tank watch inspired by the tough new weapon which played such an important role in winning World War I, the tank. It went on to be Cartier's most iconic design… a rugged yet beautiful wristwatch, that - over the years - enjoyed design updates to contemporary tastes, including the Must de Cartier Tank Watch presently offered for your consideration.
This fine Cartier wristwatch, with its elegant vermeil gold case and exquisite Tri d’Or (Tri Gold) dial, is a true classic. Further, it has been exceptionally well kept and well cared for, both mechanically as well as visually.
Dimensions: 21 mm wide x 28 mm long
Case and Buckle: Vermeil (18K gold over solid silver)… fully hallmarked and signed
Movement: Cartier Mechanical Movement… Swiss Made
Bracelet: Genuine Crocodile
Condition: Excellent, in working order, serviced by a Swiss master watchmaker.
For European Buyers I will ship from inside the EEC
In 1847 Louis-Francois Cartier took over the jewelry workshop of his master, Adolphe Picard, and immediately enjoyed great success as a prominent Paris Jeweler.
When the 1867 Universal Exhibition unleashed a whirlwind of festivities and luxury, attracting a prestigious clientele to Paris, Napoléon III’s first cousin, Princess Mathilde, brought this clientele to Louis-François Cartier. Immediately this international elite was seduced by Cartier’s creative brilliance, “a jeweler unlike any other".
Louis-François Cartier’s son, Alfred followed in his footsteps, taking over the Company in 1874. He was a clever businessman and expert in precious stones who quickly acquired fame throughout Europe. In 1898 he established the Cartier shop at 13, Rue de la Paix. Russian nobility and eastern aristocracy became passionate devotees of the Cartier art and style. Every royal family visited the salons. However, it was Alfred’s three sons who in turn, together, went on to create the international Cartier “empire”:
Pierre-Camille Cartier: He went to Russia to research the finest enamels and gemstones in order to compete with Peter Carl Faberge. In 1910, in New York, he sold his famous "Hope" blue diamond to Mrs. Evalyn Mclean and strengthened his connections with clients from the worlds of Finance and Modern Industry in the "New World"… notably the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Goulds, Fords. In 1909, he also was responsible for founding the Cartier shop in New York City, moving to its current location at 653 Fifth Avenue in 1917.
Jacques-Theodule Cartier: The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) encouraged the establishment of Cartier London… proclaiming Cartier "Jeweler of Kings and King of Jewelers". In 1902, this responsibility went to Jacques-Theodule who, out of London, traveled in quest of the finest pearls in the Persian Gulf. He went to India and devoted himself to the Maharajahs' desires to have their fabulous gems reset into designs created by Cartier. Also, together with his brother, Pierre, he pursued and successfully completed transactions to buy a great many fabulous as well as historic fine pearls from Prince Youssoupov.
Louis-Joseph Cartier: In Paris, Louis-Joseph received noble clients from Russia and undertook journeys to exhibitions in Saint Petersburg. His revolutionary introduction of platinum was an innovation in the field of jewelry. He succeeded in integrating perfect harmony into his creations; whether classical or avant-garde strokes of inspiration, each bears its own style… the Cartier style.
All of the brothers contributed to the “birth” of the Cartier wristwatch. The Cartier register books first document the creation of wristwatches in 1888 by Jacques-Theodule, who in 1904 went on to create the Santos watch for his friend and client the Brazilian aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont. This success was followed by other models, including the Tonneau watch (1906) and the Tortue watch (1912). Notwithstanding, it was Louis-Joseph who initiated Cartier’s exclusive production of wristwatches in collaboration with Edmond Jaeger (Jaeger LeCoultre Watch Co.), as well as revived long-lost watchmaking arts: the legendary mystery clocks, high fashion wristwatches, carriage clocks and jewelry watches with oriental Art Deco designs, including the daringly colorful "Tutti Frutti" jewels. These timepieces became one of the predominant forms of activity and prestige for Cartier.
Louis and Jacques Cartier died within six months of each other in 1942. Pierre died in 1964. Four years later, a group of investors brought together by Joseph Kanoui assumed control of Cartier Paris, naming Robert Hocq as President. Hocq was fascinated by the history and tradition of this fabulous Company, and became immersed in it; however, at the same time he introduced a breath of youth and modernism into the organization and its new creations. In 1973, he launched "Les Must de Cartier". That same year, the first "Must de Cartier" boutique was opened in Biarritz, followed by one in Singapore. In 1988 the Cartier group purchased the greater part of Piaget and Baume & Mercier holdings, followed in 1993 by creation of the "Vendôme Luxury Group" bringing together the brands of Cartier, Alfred Dunhill, Montblanc, Piaget, Baume & Mercier, Karl Lagerfeld, Chloé, Sulka, Hackett, Seeger, and James Purdey and Sons.
Today, Cartier of course continues to be the most iconic name associated with luxury pieces.
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- ca 1980
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