Cartier launched the Tank MC collection of watches for men looking for a reliable mechanical movement, housed within a stylish aesthetic. Cartier get the balance just right with this masculine timepiece which adopts the iconic rectangular physique of the original Tank models developed in 1917. These predecessors took inspiration from the rugged Renault fighter tanks and their robust constructions.
Today, the Cartier Tank MC remains faithful to that disciplined military look, yet has been housed with the brand’s in-house developed self winding movement. The 1904-PS MC has been used in many other Tank variations, with slight changes made to the engine for their chronograph watches. Cartier are particular proud of their developments within haute horology and show off one of their finest innovations through a sapphire crystal caseback. This feature sets Cartier Tank MC watches apart from other Cartier Tank watches and, as every watch enthusiast has come to realise, part of the allure of owning a mechanical wristwatch is to be able to admire the fine workings behind the masterpiece through a beautiful exhibition back.
Cartier Tank MC watches are equipped with a seconds dial at 3 o’clock, together with a small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Complete with a full scale of Roman numeral indicators, the watch maintains a traditional feel and is presented in a range of colours including a silver flinque, blue flinque and black flinque effect – all of which become a beautiful backdrop for a set of sword shaped central hands which grace the periphery of the dial with elegance and composure. Whilst the lighter coloured dials of the Cartier Tank MC watch collection have been decorated with blue steeled hands, to team with a blue synthetic spinel topped crown - the darker dials are finished with steel hands to match that of their surrounding hour markers.
Cartier Tank MC watches wear comfortably as a dress watch, yet their rectangular frame which of course, won’t look as large as a round face, sit well on the wrist as a daily companion for the gent. Richly polished side flanks are an eye catching feature of these Cartier watches, the tops of the lugs of which have been finely brushed for alternating finishes. When the light plays with the textures on the dial, the wearer is presented with something quite spectacular to admire. This sleek dial design, once combined with the classic black alligator strap for example, provides a timepiece that feels stylish and modern – perfect for a gentleman who likes to keep on trend whilst still remaining loyal to quality Swiss watch manufacture.
The case of the Cartier Tank MC has a flat back and a slightly curved case at the top, allowing it to wrap over the edges of the wrist for maximum comfort. The double adjustable fasten which finishes the alligator strap of these Cartier watches, provides a snug fit whilst allowing the skin to breathe in warm conditions. To sum up; Cartier Tank MC watches are timeless in aesthetics, clean and legible on the dial front, and comfortable to wear. The reliability of their in-house developed self winding movements such as the 1904-PS MC, is also a factor that should never been overlooked when deciding on a reliable companion for every imaginable occasion.