The Cartier Tank Solo watch has a modest presence upon the wrist. The design takes inspiration from the original Tank watches created during the time of the First World War, where the brand created a timepiece that followed the outline of the military Renault tanks. Now, the Cartier watches universe is extended once more with a sleek and sophisticated member of the Tank family.
Cartier Tank Solo watches have been reworked into a number of variations, to be enjoyed by both the lady and the gentleman. The style and design of the watch takes on the form of the iconic rectangular shape, many of which attach to the wrist with an elegant round-scale alligator strap which offers a slightly more unusual look than others in the Cartier Tank collection. Other models from the Cartier Tank Solo feature a sophisticated stainless steel bracelet which secures to the wrist with a foldable clasp. The watches have a timeless elegance – a feel that can be enjoyed and worn to all manner of occasions, whether that be a day at the races, a train journey for business commitment, or a long-haul flight to an annual luxury vacation.
Many Cartier Tank Solo watches feature a silver flinque dial, punctuated by sharp black Roman numeral hour indexes around the periphery, and a delicate minute track on the inside. Lying at the very centre, a pair of blue steeled central hands have been carved into the iconic sword shape that Cartier hands are so renowned for. Such a clean, minimalist dial not only provides the wearer with a simple dial to read information off, but one that adds to a real traditional sense of Swiss watch manufacture. The designs remain loyal to what is important to the wearer – the only complications on some of the designs being a date aperture found at the 6 o’clock location.
Mechanically speaking, the Cartier Tank Solo watches are integrated with a mixture of quartz operated movements and self winding in-house mechanical movements. For the latter, it is the Cartier Calibre 049 which powers the XL sized Tank Solos with much precision and accuracy. As with so many designs by the famous French watchmaker, the seventh Roman numeral hour marker reveals the secret Cartier signature – the delicate lettering of the brand’s name in one half of the “V”.
Cartier Tank Solo watches are incredibly well balanced and beautifully sized. They are large enough for a man’s wrist, yet also a suitable size for a lady seeking a slightly larger watch than the norm. The impeccable design of the Carter Tank Solo watch is what has led to the success of the entire Tank watch range to date. Since the launch of the first few predecessors in 1917, the timepieces have remained faithful to the traditional design of the Tank, yet incorporate modern elements to fit in line with the demands of today’s world.
Lastly, it would be an injustice not to mention the unique crown of the Cartier Tank Solo. The case of these watches, whether in stainless steel, 18k yellow gold or 18k rose gold finishes, have been fitted with a beaded crown adorned with a breath taking synthetic spinel cabochon. The delightful characteristic makes the Cartier Tank Solo range that little more enjoyable – if of course, that is even possible.