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Cartier Tank Cintrée '7 lignes'
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The Cintrée is one of Cartier’s oldest, and most sought-after, watch creations.
The Tank Cintrée was introduced in 1921 as the first variation on the original Cartier Tank. Like its older sibling, the Cintrée presented a revolutionary aesthetic due to its distinctive elongated curved (Cintrée means curved in French) case. Over the past 100 years, the Cintrée has seen endless variations, but production has always been limited to very small numbers.
Vintage Cintrées came in three sizes expressed in lignes (a measurement unit used for movements): 7, 8, and 9 lignes. This 7 ligne execution dates back to the early 1970s and is the smallest of the bunch. Featuring an elongated 18K yellow gold case that measures 19 x 35 mm, the ideal size for ladies as well as gentlemen. Due to its curved shape and slim profile (it's just 6 mm thick) the watch hugs the wrist and wears comfortably. On the right hand side, the case features a classy octagonal 18K yellow gold crown with a sapphire cabochon.
The Cintrée takes the iconic Tank dial and stretches it to a rectilinear form with lovely elongated painted Roman numerals and painted closed minute track, as well as a desirable “PARIS” signature at the 6 o’clock position. The dial, furthermore, features blued sword hands that match well with the sapphire tipped octagonal crown.
This Cintrée comes with a lovely backstory to boot. The watch was purchased by Gunter Sachs, a German photographer, film-maker, and one-time playboy who even married Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s. Sachs gifted the watch to his dear long-time friend, the German model Iris "Fräuleinwunder" Gras. After Gras’ passing in 2019, the watch was bequeathed to its last owner (Regina Spelman, her father worked for Time Life Magazine in Germany and she is the wife of famous photographer Jacques Schumacher) who entrusted this beautiful watch, together with a handwritten letter explaining this heart warming backstory.
This desirable Tank Cintrée is in wonderfully preserved condition and all original. The watch is powered by a manual winding caliber and comes on a new dark brown alligator leather Cartier strap with an 18K yellow gold Cartier deployant clasp. The watch has just been serviced by Cartier and comes with the corresponding service papers.
Cartier In 1847, Louis-Francois Cartier took over a jewellery workshop in Paris. Over the years it remained a family business with his both sons participating in it as well. They opened shops in New York and London. In 1902 Cartier is granted its first Royal Warrant as a purveyor to the court of England making it ‘the jeweler of kings and the king of jewellers’ (said by Prince of Wales, besides Wales, Cartier also made jewellery for royal houses such as Spain, Portugal, Russia, Siam, Greece, Serbia, Belgium, Italy, Romania, Egypt and Albania). Besides the jewellery of Cartier, they also made history in watchmaking. Since 1888 they were making watches, but mostly for women. When they gave aviation pioneer, Santos Dumont, the ‘Santos-Dumont’ watch in 1904, it was the first men’s wristwatch on a leather strap. In 1911 they launched the Santos watch line.