Cartier Tank Asymétrique

Regular price
$72,500
Regular price
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$72,500
REF 2488
Manual-winding
23 MM
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SKU AS09750
Article Number 40950314
ref 2488
case size 23 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1990s
dial color White
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
Includes includes a black suede strap and signed 18K yellow gold deployant clasp. Also incudes service paperwork dated 2022.
overall condition Excellent condition overall. Case shows light signs of wear consistent with age and gentle use. Dial and hands show even patina throughout. Factory service caseback sticker intact.
REF 2488
Manual-winding
23 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09750
Article Number 40950314
ref 2488
case size 23 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1990s
dial color White
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
Includes includes a black suede strap and signed 18K yellow gold deployant clasp. Also incudes service paperwork dated 2022.
overall condition Excellent condition overall. Case shows light signs of wear consistent with age and gentle use. Dial and hands show even patina throughout. Factory service caseback sticker intact.

Why We Love it

Cartier is responsible for some of the most recognizable and successful wristwatches in the history of modern horology. The definitive expert on watch design, the French maison has always been a leader in challenging conventional approaches to watchmaking while pioneering new styling as a fixture in the broader fashion world. 

Few watches have played a larger role in solidifying this brand identity than the Tank. Undoubtedly the most iconic watch in Cartier’s history and conceived based on a simple idea, it’s evolved to take myriad forms over the years, with over a dozen sub-designs that each has its own identity and presence. After the release of the Tank, the watch space was changed forever. Introduced in 1917 based on the conception of Louis Cartier, the great grandson of Cartier’s founder, the Tank took inspiration from a French military tank from the First World War— the Renault FT-17. The look of the Tank was striking and revolutionary— rectangular and unconventional for the period, the Tank was also one of the earliest wrist watches to be popularly accepted by the broader fashion space. 

After 1917, Cartier saw a surge in interest in its unique watches, and more and more Cartier Tank models were born, building on the underlying design philosophy that made the Tank an initial success in the 1910s. The Tank Cintrée was introduced in 1921, the Louis and Chinoise in 1922, the Basculante in 1933, the Asymétrique in 1936, and so on. 

When Cartier first presented the Asymétrique in 1936 — the last Tank released in Louis Cartier’s lifetime — it was not intended as a Tank model at all, but rather a standalone timepiece referred to as the Parallelogram. (The goal was to target the driver’s market with an off-kilter dial, much like the original Vacheron Constantin Americain from 1921.) Over time, however, with the ever increasing success of the Tank collection, the Parallelogram was later rebranded as the Tank Asymétrique in 1996, making for one of the funkiest models in the generally traditional collection. 

This particular Asymétrique, Reference 2488, dates to 1996 and features a beautiful guilloché dial with Arabic printed numerals. The 18K yellow gold case measures 34mm x 23mm, but wears a bit larger as a result of the skewed case. This piece was released as part of a limited edition of just 300 pieces and represents the very start of the production of the model line, making it particularly special and collectable. 

As effortlessly comfortable as it is elegant, this piece is appropriate for virtually any wrist.

If you're Cartier-curious but the Tank Louis or the Santos don't speak to you, the Tank Asymétrique might just be the watch for you!

Brand Story

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Despite being a purveyor of haute joaillerie, Cartier has had a long tradition of making watches.

It started in 1907, when founder Louis Cartier made what was one of the first wristwatches for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. In the following years, the brand made a name for itself with its most famous wristwatch, the Tank, in all its multitudinous forms.

Cartier introduced the Tank in 1917 — which was supposedly inspired by the Renault FT-17 tanks seen on the battlefields of World War I — with a run of six pieces. (According to legend, these were given to American General John J. Pershing and his staff.) Cartier took the look of the Renault tank's treads and applied it to the watch’s lugs, which were integrated via brancards into the case itself. That first run of six pieces increased to thirty-three by 1920, and by the end of the 20th Century, that number stood well in the hundreds of thousands. Indeed, in sheer volume alone, the Tank — in all its various models — is Cartier's largest line of watches.

The Tank Louis was introduced in 1922, followed close on the heels of the Asian-influenced Tank Chinoise. The Chinoise, released amidst a mania for jewelry inspired by the Orient, has a square rather than rectangular case and lugs that resemble the portico of a Chinese pagoda.

From its debut, the Tank would see many variations, each in keeping with Louis Cartier’s taste for clean lines and perfect symmetry. Each variant — from the original Tank to the Tank Louis to the Cintrée with its flirtatious, curvaceous lines — has its passionate devotees. Rudolph Valentino, that sensual star of the silver screen, insisted on wearing his Tank onscreen in The Son of the Sheik, and Clark Gable, Andy Warhol, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were among those who sported a one throughout the years.

Other model lines, including the Santos (based upon the original model crafted for Alberto Santos-Dumont) and the Pasha, have developed devoted followers. Indeed, the maison is unique as one of the few jewelry brands to elicit as much passion from collectors as dedicated watch companies.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

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Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Cartier Tank Asymétrique

Cartier Tank Asymétrique

Regular price
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Regular price
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$72,500
Cartier Tank Asymétrique

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