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Cartier Observing the curve

There is nothing mysterious about what sets the Cintrée apart from other Tank models

Its French name explicitly refers to its distinctively slim and cambered profile. Viewed from the front, it appears rectangular, with proportions similar to those of the American Tank. Yet the Cintrée is narrower, and indeed older, since it is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its launch. Seen from the side, it resembles a slender Roman-style arched vault. Issued in yellow gold (as well as in white gold), it is thus amply curved and hugs the wrist like a close-fitting bangle bracelet.

Observing the curve

Cartier Tank Cintrée © Cartier

Cartier specifies that the 150 timepieces in this special anniversary series have been pre-sold. Reading between the lines, the brand is laying claim to genuine success with these versions closely resembling the original designs and details. It is also subtly implying that it will probably be launching less limited series of the same model, obviously featuring dial variations. And this iteration, in pale beige with its curved minute track, adds just the right touch of elegance to a watch that is already very chic.

Cartier Tank Cintrée

Case: 18K yellow or white gold, 18K gold caseback, transparent sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 30m (3 bar)
Size: 46.30 x 23mm, 6.4mm thick
Movement: ultra-thin mechanical manualwinding, Caliber 9780MC, 33h power reserve, 1.85mm thick
Functions: hours, minutes
Dial: eggshell beige, blued open-tipped hands
Strap: light brown calfskin with white or yellow gold pin buckle
150-pieces limited series


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