Cartier Tank Hundred Years Of History, Model Works

In 1917, after several years of design and development, a pioneering concept was formed, and the Tank watch was born. This timepiece successfully broke through the tradition and integrated modern design concepts into superb craftsmanship, becoming a model in the history of watchmaking.

 Today, the Tank watch celebrates its centenary, but it has a long history. For those advocating the spirit of freedom in each era, the Tank watch is undoubtedly the embodiment of taste and elegance. It connects the past and the present and leads the modern lifestyle with three classics: the Tank Louis Cartier watch, the Tank Américaine Watches and Tank Française watches.

TANK watch legend

 With the arrival of the 20th century, Louis Cartier, who has deep classical cultural heritage and a passion for collection, boldly explored the vocabulary of jewelry art design and explored new artistic styles. In 1904, he began to present jewelry pieces featuring geometric lines and abstract shapes. Cartier played avant-garde spirit, boldly explored, and announced the birth of an avant-garde modern style, which is exactly the ‘Artdéco’ style.
 During the same period, watchmaking became more and more important in Cartier. Louis Cartier launched the wrist watch in 1904, which made the brand attract much attention in the watchmaking industry. With a keen sense of the market, Louis Cartier believes that this timepiece will write a new definition of watches and subvert the entire watchmaking industry. Watches will become indispensable accessories, combining practical functions and elegance.
From round to square

 At the beginning of the 20th century, the exploration of watch design mainly focused on the shape, the purpose of which was to integrate the round (hour circle) into the strap lines, to save the simplicity, so that the case and the strap fit together. Using his keen instinct and relentless pursuit of aesthetics and technology, Louis Cartier finally launched the Tank watch in 1917, writing a strong mark in the history of watchmaking. Its powerful strength is to say goodbye to its persistent taste and establish a true style. According to word-of-mouth brand history, Louis Cartier’s design of the Tank watch borrows the shape of a tank chariot: the vertical lugs are like tracks, and the case is like a car body.
TANK watch excellence design

 Roman numerals: Most models of the Tank watch display the hours in Roman numerals. Roman numerals and minute track form a memorable dial design.
 Minute track: On the dial, the double-line design showing the minute scale is called the ‘minute track’. Its pattern is reminiscent of a railway track. A true Cartier icon, the minute track is applied to the dial of the Tank watch.
 Vertical lugs: The symmetrical vertical lugs of the Tank watch refer to the side directly connected to the part of the fixed strap. The case / lugs are harmoniously harmonious, showing a unique avant-garde style, marking a qualitative leap in its design style. It is the result of years of thinking and exploration.
 Winding crown: Bead-shaped or multi-faceted crown with blue cabochon gemstones.
TANK watch goes beyond boundaries

 The beauty of the Tank watch does not divide. Its shape is like a golden ratio creation, subtle fusion of square and rectangular silhouettes. The free spirit and elegant style presented by the Tank watch does not matter gender, and is loved by both men and women. It transcends the differences between genders and times, and with the right proportion, it always shows modern style.
TANK watches an attitude

Gary Cooper to Andy Warhol

Madonna to Katherine Denuff
 From Gary Cooper to Andy Warhol, from Madonna to Catherine Deneuve, Tank watches are seen as self-evident fashion icons. Since its birth, it has been aimed at men and women who are full of free spirit and dare to appreciate its simple style and harmonious lines. Instead of believing in the status it symbolizes, they are more fond of its unique shape. They have foresight, feel the powerful power of this watch, and establish a special emotional connection with it. Various anecdotes and records that have been circulating till now fully reflect the charm of Tank watches.

 Rudolf Valentino (1926) was a famous film star Rudolf Valentino (1962), when shooting his last film ‘The Son of the Sheik’ (The Son of the Sheik), directed the film director George Fitzmaurice (Georges Fitzmaurice) put forward the requirement to wear Tank watches all the way. Today, we can still see in the film stills the details that do not fit the cultural background: the male protagonist in traditional oriental clothing, wearing his beloved watch. This is the first time the Tank watch has made its debut on the big screen.

 GENERALPERSHING-1918 According to the brand, Louis Cartier presented one of the earliest Tank watches during the First World War to General John Pershing, then commander-in-chief of the European Expeditionary Forces in Europe (GeneralJohnPershing) to express gratitude.

 Gunter Sachs In 1965, Gunter Sachs wore his own Tank watch at the opening of the fashion boutique ‘MicMac’ in Saint-Tropez.

 Alain Delon and Jean-Pierre Melville While filming the film ‘Unflic’, Alain Delon discovered that he and the director Jean-Pierre Melville both wore With TankArrondie watch.

 American painter, Pop Art legend, and New York celebrity Andy Warhol has a unique talent. He never winds when wearing a Tank watch. He said in an interview: ‘I don’t wear a Tank watch to check the time.’

 JEAN-CHARLESDECASTELBAJAC-French costume designer Jean-Charles de Castelbayak in 1994 said in an interview with French weekly ‘Madame Figaro’: If all tanks were made by Cartier, we would enjoy a worry-free life and a peaceful world! ‘

YVESSAINTLAURENT Horst Photography. Yves Saint Roland wears his Tank watch.

Princess of Wales Diana
TANK watch forever
 TankLouisCartier watch was born in 1922, symbolizing the true spirit of Tank. The sharp lines of the vertical lugs, rounded corners, integrated lugs and case, the TankLouisCartier watch has been tested for hundreds of years with its iconic design, and is always timeless. The striking styling and unique style blend harmoniously, highlighting the pure and timeless charm of this watch. Two new works in this series are equipped with Cartier 8971MC workshop hand-wound mechanical movement: women’s watch is made of 18K rose gold or 18K white gold, vertical lugs are set with brilliant diamonds; 18K rose gold models are elegant and elegant, as good as graphics Extraordinary creativity.

Tank Louis Cartier Watch
Small watch
Rhodium-plated 18K white gold
Inlaid brilliant-cut round diamond
Cartier 8971 MC workshop refined
Manual winding mechanical movement

Tank Louis Cartier Watch
Large watch
18K Rose Gold
Inlaid brilliant-cut round diamond
Cartier 8971 MC workshop refined
Manual winding mechanical movement

Tank Louis Cartier Watch
Large watch
Rhodium-plated 18K white gold
Inlaid brilliant-cut round diamond
Cartier 8971 MC workshop refined
Manual winding mechanical movement
 
Tank Louis Cartier Watch
Small watch
18K Rose Gold
Cartier 8971 MC workshop refined
Manual winding mechanical movement

Tank Louis Cartier Watch
Small watch
18K Rose Gold
Inlaid brilliant-cut round diamond
Cartier 8971 MC workshop refined
Manual winding mechanical movement
 
Tank Louis Cartier Watch
Large watch
18K Rose Gold
Cartier 8971 MC workshop refined
Manual winding mechanical movement
TANK FRANÇAISE watch
 The TANK FRANÇAISE watch was born in 1996. The Tank Française watch revolutionizes the iconic design of this classic masterpiece (vertical lugs, Roman numeral hour dial, minute track, sword-shaped hands, blue convex round gemstone winding watch Crown), equipped with a metal bracelet. The curved case is integrated with the bracelet, and the lines, shapes and materials are harmonious.

 Its geometric design becomes softer and more eye-catching: the vertical lugs are beveled, and the bracelet links are concavely curved. The finishing details of the watchmaking process highlight the overall lines. Today, this practical and unique watch combines freedom of creativity with a combination of stainless steel and brilliant diamonds.

Tank Française watch
Small watch
Stainless steel
Inlaid brilliant-cut round diamond
Quartz Movement
 
Tank Française watch
Medium watch
Stainless steel
Inlaid brilliant-cut round diamond
Quartz Movement
Tank Américaine watch
 The Tank Américaine watch was designed in 1987 and officially launched in 1989. Its curved case continues the design concept of the Tank Cintrée watch of 1921: the rectangular shape is more compact and the vertical lugs are more rounded. The extended lines and the slightly curved shape make this watch a strong and enduring one. Its design pays tribute to the original Tank watch from General Pershing. The Tank Américaine watch brings the best of watchmaking craftsmanship and geometric aesthetics, handsomeness and elegance, straight and curve, roundness and corners. It is also Cartier’s first water-resistant curved case watch.
 This spacious watch is also equipped with a folding clasp, which allows the strap to be adjusted to the wrist, replacing the pin buckle design that Cartier has been using since 1910. The new Tank Américaine watch is a simple, modern style that reflects the spirit of the original Tank watch. The simple lines become the highlight of the wrist, the timeless classic stainless steel material, demonstrating the true modern style.

Tank Américaine watch
Small watch
Stainless steel
Quartz Movement

Tank Américaine watch
Medium watch
Stainless steel
Cartier automatic mechanical movement

Tank Américaine watch
Large watch
Stainless steel
Cartier automatic mechanical movement

Tank Cintrée watch

 Between square and rectangular, Cartier chose the latter as the shape of the early Tank watch: the curved case of the Tank Cintrée watch softly fits the wrist. This bold exploration of functions and styles laid the foundation for Cartier’s launch of the Tank Américaine in the 1980s.

 The extended lines of the vertical lugs are clear and powerful, forming a framework for the overall shape. With this masterpiece, Cartier demonstrates its extraordinary watchmaking skills. Two models in 18K rose or platinum are equipped with a skeleton movement designed for curved cases. The transparent and minimalist design reveals only classic elements: hands and minute track, as well as the Tank Cintrée watch
The curved gear mechanism fits the arc shape.

 An unforgettable aesthetic style combined with a unique and extraordinary movement, constitutes this masterpiece of watchmaking art.

Tank Cintrée skeleton watch
18K Rose Gold
Cartier 9917 MC Workshop
Refined manual winding mechanical movement
Limited edition of 100 pieces

Tank Cintrée skeleton watch
Platinum
Cartier 9917 MC Workshop
Refined manual winding mechanical movement
Limited edition of 100 pieces