CASE DIAMETER: 25.5X33.7mm
CASE MATERIAL: 18 CARAT YELLOW GOLD
BRACELET MATERIAL: ALLIGATOR LEATHER
MOVEMENT: MANUAL WIND
The Tank Louis, arguably the pinnacle of Cartier's sophistication and elegance, embodies the profound influence of art and history on the brands design language. This paragon of horological mastery speaks volumes about an era of transformation, from the fields of battle to the realms of fashion, instigated by its creator, Louis Cartier.
The inception of the Cartier Tank, dating back to the early 20th century, is deeply entwined with Louis Cartier's fascination with the newly invented war machines on the Western Front during World War I. Inspired by the brutalist aesthetics and mechanical prowess of the Renault tanks, he crafted a design that encapsulated these qualities, translating the brutal into the beautiful.
While the rectangular design was unusual for the time, the Tank Louis struck a chord with its fusion of function and form. It merged disparate elements into a coherent whole, combining the harsh angularity of its case with the romantic appeal of its dial. This novel concept was revered and admired, paving the way for a new standard in the world of wristwatches.
Fast forward to the present day, we present to you an unworn, full set marvel: The Cartier Tank Louis Large Manual Winding Watch, reference WGTA0093. An homage to the original design, yet infused with modern sensibilities, the watch is a testament to Cartier's commitment to preserving its rich heritage while simultaneously evolving with the times.
The 18k gold rectangular case houses a captivating 'Tonal Red' dial, a subtle yet impactful departure from its predecessors which leave an art-deco-esque impression. This striking backdrop is ornamented with burgundy Roman numerals and Gold-tone steel sword-shaped hands, the quintessential Cartier aesthetic.
Under the hood of this elegant façade resides Cartier's manually wound mechanical movement, the Caliber 8971 MC. This meticulously-miniature engine is a testament to Cartier's commitment to precision and reliability.
The watch is finished with a plush alligator strap, the final flourish to this masterpiece and with its storied history and timeless design, is an embodiment of Cartier's rich lineage. It's not merely a timepiece; it's a beacon of heritage, craftsmanship and elegance. A vibrant variation of a classic, and a must-have for collectors who appreciate the blend of history and horology.