CASE DIAMETER: 26X44mm
CASE MATERIAL: 18K WHITE GOLD
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL / 18K WHITE GOLD
After the falling of the Berlin Wall in 1989, which coincided with the eightieth anniversary of Cartier's venture into American territory, and with the general spirit of endeavour and fun that followed, they released what would later prove to be two of the most iconic Tank models; the Américaine and the Française. Re-launching the Américaine on an international scale after the model was presented exclusively in France, Switzerland and the USA previously, the model began a quick rise in popularity - and evidenced a stronger sense of play and whimsy from the maison.
The Américaine features an elegance that also addressed the demands for larger timepieces but remained ergonomic and comfortable due to its synonymous curved case design that was inspired by the Tank Cintrée, but with a few slight aesthetic and technical tweaks, namely the rectangular shape being more compact and its side-walls being thinner.
This version being the chronograph comes with a 212P quartz movement. Now when we say this movement has a lot of functionality, thats an understatement. The watch comes with a 27 page operating instruction manual. From split second timing to telling you the year, this can do it all. The case is made out of 18K white gold with the bracelet being both steel and white gold, this makes it wear a bit better in our opinion, solid gold make it a hefty piece for daily wear.
Considering the prices for modern Cartier's, these offer exceptional value for a full precious metal piece, we also think the sub dials add the extra panache that makes this Amèricaine reference that little bit special.