This is our series: Same or Different. Understanding Things by Comparing as Everything is Relative
Once again both brands compared in just one aspect / watch -- but there is so much more: stuff for the months ahead.
The beautiful tri-color tank ref9057 (blue dial and white- & yellowgold case) was made by Piaget in 1968 running on its in-house cal9P. Cartier was not amused, as its tank-shaped watches look a little... lets say lame, compared to this high quality exalted timepiece by the competitor. And Cartier does not like that: The Tank is probably one of the most important watches of Cartier and being Out-Tanked by the competition is not funny.
And so Cartier ordered this watch from Piaget -- as Cartier does not make the case nor the movement they ordered both from Piaget and so a Piaget cal9P was used for this "Cartier"-tank as well. Just, Piaget didnt deliver its signature-dial with the 3D-deep-effect, that is created by 12 different, precisely hand-cut, -finished and -applied indexes at their exact position. That was a signature that was solely used for Piaget and so Cartier had to use a Lapis-Lazuli stone-dial -- that was created by Piaget as well, of course...
Just, the print was probably made by Cartier. All else was produced in-house in 1969 for Cartier by Piaget.
Today both pieces are on the market: The Piaget Original in our stock and the Cartier is on offer also -- lets see how it goes.
#MarketInefficiencies or Fair?
See the other parts in this series here: #SameOrDifferent
Ad 2023-12-14: The Cartier variant -- also a rare, beautiful and interesting watch for sure -- was sold by Sothebys for approx CHF20'000 earlier this week.