Cartier 18K Yellow Gold Tonneau
This Vintage 18k yellow gold Cartier Tonneau is rated 7 out of 10. Watch only.
In 1906, Cartier unveiled the Tonneau, a mere two years after crafting the world’s first men’s wristwatch, the Cartier Santos. The Tonneau, named for the French word ‘tonneau’ meaning barrel, featured an intricate barrel-shaped case. It heralded the design preferences of the impending Art Deco era, characterized by strength, boldness, and geometric intricacies.
Differing from the iconic Cartier Tank, the Tonneau never quite achieved mainstream success. It remained a true connoisseur’s watch, cherished for its unique aesthetics and craftsmanship. The 18k gold 39mm x 26mm case of this 1980s Tonneau might seem substantial, but it wears with grace, thanks to its slim and curved design that naturally conforms to the wrist.
The dial boasts artisanal guilloché engraving and bold, painted Roman numerals, accompanied by a ‘Paris’ signature, symbolizing its retail origin at Cartier’s flagship boutique in Place Vendôme. This exquisite Tonneau is powered by a manual-winding movement, a testament to Cartier’s dedication to both form and function.
Material: 18K Yellow Gold
Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Movement: Manual Winding
Caliber: Cal. 78
Case Diameter: 26mm X 39mm