The very essence of modernism, the Tank collection is a triumphant expression of pure elegance and timeless design. For its many devotees, the Tank wristwatch is the symbol of a lifestyle: one that eschews ostentation in favor of simplicity and authentic elegance.
The Tank collection is timeless. From the moment of its creation to the present day, the Tank watch has always been new, innovative and true to its original, modern spirit with an aesthetic that transcends the ages.
Created in 1917, the Tank collection marks the culmination of a long aesthetic quest, begun years before with the Santos de Cartier watch. Louis Cartier drew inspiration for the innovative design of the watchcase from the armored body and caterpillar treads of the first tanks that commanded the battlefields of Europe. The Tank collection's singular shape marks a departure from traditional round watches.
The genius of Cartier comes through in this watch in the refined optical illusion and bold departure from tradition. The strap connections are perfectly concealed, never breaking the flow of the smooth, perpendicular lines. The famous flat-edged sidepieces extend to hug the strap, revealing the noble square that fits neatly inside the rectangle. A cabochon winding crown, radial Roman numerals and a "railroad" minute track on the dial also distinguish this unique, timeless design.
The Tank collection's graphic lines lend themselves to variations. Over time, new versions of the design have emerged from the Cartier workshops, building a historic family of timepieces, which includes the Tank Américaine, Tank Louis Cartier, Tank Française, and many more.
Geometry A prime example of Cartier creativit...
A prime example of Cartier creativity, the Tank collection is a modern interpretation of square and rectangular forms. The Tank collection's graphic lines foreshadow the aesthetic principles of the Art Deco style, which held that geometry was the modern measure of beauty.
Cartier craftsmen devised a unique construction method for the Tank collection. When they begin to create a watch, the two main pieces that form the watchcase are numbered and worked on in pairs.
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A legend in its own right, the Tank watch has adorned the wrists of other modern legends, such as Jackie Kennedy, Rudolph Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and Andy Warhol.
For every occasion Perfect for any occasion,...
For every occasion
Perfect for any occasion, the Tank watch is available in steel, gold, and two-tone steel and gold, as well as in jeweled versions (depending on the model) with either a leather, steel or gold bracelet.
Cartier's family of Tank watches ranges from the milestone Tank Louis Cartier and Tank Américaine watches to contemporary interpretations such as the Tank Française and Tank solo watches.