Press release

2012: Never Stop Tank The Tank Anglaise watch: a logical progression 

Paris, London and New York. 1847, 1902 and 1909. The Cartier brothers wasted no time in setting out to conquer the world. The entire Cartier back catalogue is coloured by this quest to open up to the international stage. The story of the House's iconic Tank watch typifies the pattern: following in the footsteps of the Tank Américaine and Tank Française, the Tank Anglaise was a logical progression. The Tank Anglaise watch is pure, distilled Tank. Featuring a concentrated form and emboldened lines, the fortified design offers proportion to spare. Cartier pairs this generous, ample volume with characteristic Tank features such as the bracelet seamlessly incorporated into the case, Roman numerals, chemin-de-fer chapter ring, and blued-steel sword-shaped hands. The signature parallel brancards now house the winding crown, which is perfectly streamlined. 

 

 

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The Tank Anglaise Small Model © Cartier

 

Technical details
Case in 18-carat pink gold
Case dimensions: width: 22.7 mm; height: 30.2 mm; thickness: 7.19 mm
Middle set with round brilliant-cut diamonds
Flinqué dial, lacquered silver
Glass: sapphire
Water-resistance: 30 metres / 100 feet / 3 bars
Bracelet in 18-carat pink gold
Clasp in 18-carat pink gold
Quartz movement, calibre 057
Total: 0.8 carats


The watch marks a milestone in the pursuit of pared-down design. With a winding mechanism that blends seamlessly into the brancard, the Tank Anglaise seemingly follows to the letter the aesthetic demands of Louis Cartier in his quest for streamlined design. The form stands as an intelligible, coherent whole; yet when the watch is tilted to the side, the winding mechanism comes into view, treating the knowing eye to a glimpse of the wheel of a tank. The Tank Anglaise watch is available in three ladies' and men's sizes in three colours of gold. The large models are powered by the Manufacture 1904 MC movement, visible through the open back. 

The story of the Tank watch continues to be written, never to stop. Never Stop Tank.

 

 

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The Tank Anglaise with diamonds © Cartier

 

 Technical details

Case in 18-carat rhodium-plated white gold
Case dimensions: width: 29.8 mm; height: 39.2 mm; thickness: 9.5 mm
Middle set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Dial in 18-carat rhodium-plated white gold, set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Glass: sapphire
Water-resistance: 30 metres / 100 feet / 3 bars
Bracelet in 18-carat rhodium-plated white gold, set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Clasp in 18-carat rhodium-plated white gold
Self-winding mechanical movement, calibre 076
Total: 13.3 carats

 


Tank Folle watch: free-spirited forms 

As a crafter of forms, Cartier has given its creativity free reign in the daring new Tank Folle watch. Channelling the extravagance and whimsy of the 1960s Crash watch, this new piece shakes up expectations, boldly asserting its freedom with deconstructed yet harmonious lines. 

The watch cheekily checks all the boxes in the Tank legacy: the sun-style dial, Roman numerals and blued-steel sword-shaped hands are reinterpreted with a bejewelled twist as the brancards and winding mechanism are strewn with brilliant-cut diamonds. 

The watch is powered by a manual-winding mechanical movement. This surprising, creative and stylish Tank collection is available in a limited series of 200 timepieces.

 

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The Tank Folle  © Cartier

 

Technical details

Case in 18-carat rhodium-plated white gold
Case dimensions: width: 29.4 mm; height: 33.91 mm; thickness: 7 mm
Bezel in 18-carat rhodium-plated white gold, set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Lacquered silver-coloured dial with sunburst effect
Glass: sapphire
Water-resistance: 30 metres / 100 feet / 3 bars
Anthracite grey brushed canvas strap
Ardillon buckle in 18-carat rhodium-plated white gold, set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Manual-winding Manual-winding Manufacture movement, calibre 8970 MC
Total: 1.6 carats


Tank Louis Cartier XL slimline watch: Supreme elegance 

As a symbol of the extravagant elegance of the 1920s, the Tank Louis Cartier watch is one of the House's classic timepieces. This child of 1922 fastidiously embodies the marked contribution made by Louis Cartier to the modern style later known as Art Deco: the proud, taught lines of the square and rectangle are softened, and the geometry of corners is relaxed. Exhibiting seamless harmony all the way to the middle, this piece was destined for greatness. 

Cartier has spotlighted the features of this timeless watch in a slimline XL version; with a thickness of 5.1 mm, this is the slimmest watch in the collection. Powered by a manual-winding mechanical movement, this piece is the ultimate expression of masculinity and refinement.

 

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The Tank Louis Cartier  © Cartier

 


Technical details

Case in 18-carat pink gold
Cade dimensions: width: 34.92 mm (incl. crown); length: 40.40 mm; thickness: 5.1 mm
Grained silver-plated dial
Glass: mineral
Water-resistance: 20 metres
Semi-matte brown alligator-skin strap
Ardillon buckle in 18-carat pink gold
Manual-winding manufacture mechanical movement, calibre 430 MC