The Cartier Tank lives on through another variation to the iconic model. The Cartier Tank Anglaise watch incorporates the winding mechanism into the side of the case and features the distinct rectangular profile, yet with a slightly more curvilinear case. These new case features soften the overall look of the watch, taking a step away from the Art Deco-inspired era.
Cartier Tank watches are one of the most widely recognised watch designs known to man. The prototype which was designed during the First World War in 1917, was initially inspired by the horizontal section of the Renault tanks which were by then, ploughing up the fields in the midst of military action. Cartier Tank Anglaise watches still keep the original designs of their predecessors, yet when the collection was launched in 2012, it appealed to those who were more drawn to fresh, ergonomic timepieces. Cartier Tank Anglaise watches maintain integrity with their Roman numeral hour indexes, yet introduce more modern concepts such as a 9 sided crown set with a table cut stone as opposed to the cabochon seen in some of the more classic variations.
An unusual system that is often seen within the Cartier philosophy is the crown, set within the bezel of the Cartier Tank Anglaise watch. The cage-like structure allows the wearer to pull out the crown from a recess set into the case flank and set the time in a unique way. The process will feel instantly special to those who consider themselves dedicated Cartier watch enthusiasts, as it allows them to enjoy activating the watch in a way that cannot be experienced with any other watch on the market.
The dials of Cartier Tank Anglaise watches are certainly the most traditional aspect of the design. Cartier use their familiar blue steeled hands to add interest and decoration to the dials within the collection – the sharp vibrant burst of colour complimenting finishes such as the 18k rose gold cases, bezels and bracelets found in some variations of the range. As with all Cartier watches, the dials of the timepieces have been protected with a crisp sapphire crystal glass front, which has been treated with the brand’s anti reflective and scratch resistant technology. The choice in material makes it extra durable and preserves the life of the watch, whilst preventing any undesirable glare from affecting the beauty of the dial at a time when legibility is needed the most. Some timepieces from the Cartier Tank Anglaise collection have been fitted with a stainless steel and 18k rose gold bi-colour bracelet. The finish provides a touch of elegance and colour to the wrist, securing with a sophisticated foldable buckle for extra security.
The XL sixes of the Cartier Tank Anglaise collection have been integrated with the brand’s in-house developed self winding mechanical movement – the 1904-MC. The smaller variations are fitted with a reliable quartz movement, many suspended inside a case implemented with a 30 meter water resistance. Whether it be a traditional alligator strap or a link bracelet that takes your fancy, our sensational collection of Cartier Tank Anglaise watches here at Berry’s, is sure to tempt in one way or another.