Seamlessly fitting the era in which it was born, yet equally as suited to life in the modern world, the Tank watch by Cartier has been re-imagined several times before. These new releases capture the spirit of the model’s clean and precise lines furthermore with a timeless elegance and an undeniable purity. Securing the future of the Cartier yet again are three revolutionary designs.
The new Tank Cartier Americaine, Tank Francaise and the Tank Louis Cartier have evolved once again to bring a whole new dimension to timekeeping. We’re covering all the important details on the new Cartier Tank watch releases for 2023. Let’s begin…
Firstly, the new Tank Americaine watch by Cartier houses the 1899 MC movement, primed for a slimmer case. Its all-rose gold or stainless steel case option on a leather band joins a rose gold version with diamonds too, whilst an 18ct white or yellow gold model with a diamond pave decoration and a metal bracelet achieves an even more refined and opulent look. Keep a look out for more information to be revealed on the new Cartier Tank Americaine watches for 2023.
A brief history of the Cartier Tank
The Cartier Tank celebrated its centennial a few years back and has always been loved for its versatile, unisex style. The model was first launched back in 1917. Louis Cartier’s design was inspired by the Renault FT-17 tanks used during the Great War. Its design was an elegant yet innovative update following the square-shaped case of the Cartier Santos – a watch with a huge following still to this day. The military-inspired watch had Roman numeral hour markers, a railroad minute track and a signature sapphire cabochon-adorned crown that glimmered richly under the light. The first few to be sold were known as the “Tank Normale”. Its first variant was launched in 1921 with an elongated design and a curved case named the Tank Cintree.
During the 1970s, over a decade after the Cartier family sold the business, the Les Must de Tank watch was released by its new owners offering a more affordable line with colourful lacquered dials. By 1989, Cartier had released the Americaine, a curvier cousin of the Cintree, followed by the sportier Tank Francaise in 1996 with a chain link bracelet. In 2012, the Cartier Tank Anglaise watch had arrived. It was available in three different types of gold and featured a crown embedded within its brancard. To mark the luxury watchmaker’s centennial, Cartier released a number of new models, including a stainless-steel version of the Tank Americaine and some skeletonised versions of the popular Tank Cintree.
The new Cartier Tank Francaise
Pure, ergonomic and perfectly curved, the new Cartier Tank Francaise watch features a metal bracelet that harmoniously travels into the case, creating a perfect jewellery finish. True to its monobloc design, the new 2023 release of the Tank Francaise has been revamped and reimagined by experts at the Maison’s headquarters. It is realised by its ergonomic and curvaceous design created in a stainless steel and a diamond version, with scintillating round brilliant-cut diamonds embedded into its brancards. The beautifully polished surfaces of the case and the sun-brushed effect of the dials are a natural fit for the luxurious stones that entice light to dance upon their surface. Both models come with a shimmering synthetic blue cabochon crystal on the crown, as well as a set of blued steel central hour and minute hands upon a silvered sunray dial. The new Tank Francaise watches for 2023 promise a water resistance of 30 metres and feature a sapphire crystal glass front for ultimate protection over the dial.
The new Tank Louis Cartier
The new Tank Louis Cartier watches hark back to the original 1921 design when the “Tank Normale” first received a more elongated and stretched profile. Cartier’s boundless innovative spirit and quest for perfection have proven limitless over the years and now continue with the latest generation. Inspired by mirror constructions and echoed elements, these two new versions evolve in a choice of rose gold, yellow gold and white gold and pay homage to the 1970s style of the Tank Must. Two models feature intricately crafted motifs inspired by optical grid dials, whilst the others boast lacquered dials that bring a bold pop of colour to the wrist. Each of the new Tank Louis Cartier watches is powered by the 1917 MC movement with manual winding.
Elegant and simple, the dark green and burgundy lacquered dials come in the size of 33.7mm x 25.5mm, in 18ct yellow gold. They offer a 30-metre water resistance and feature matching coloured alligator leather straps. In addition to this, each dial portrays the time through a set of sword-shaped hands under a mineral crystal glass. A beaded crown has once again been set with a rich blue sapphire cabochon, exuding luxury and an elegant allure that should be enjoyed at every opportunity. The other two versions, measuring the same size, are also crafted from yellow gold with tri-colour dial designs in pink, yellow and white gold nuances. All models forego the hour track, promoting a simple and relaxed way to tell the time.
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