Cartier Tank Louis 3982 WGTA0010Sold
Cartier Tank Louis 3982 WGTA0010
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The classic Cartier Tank Louis is one of the most popular watches among our female clientele and that’s not without reason. The Tank Louis is the epitome of elegance and timeless design. This Tank Louis is a modern execution dating back to 2018. Unlike the vast majority of Tanks that are executed in 18k yellow-gold, this watch is a lovely rose-gold variation. On top of that, the watch runs on a classic manual-wound movement, unlike most quartz-powered Tanks. The iconic 18k rose-gold rectangular case measures 22 mm by 29 mm. The silver dial features fine guilloché engraving and Cartier’s iconic painted Roman numerals and blued sword hands. In true Cartier form, the crown is topped with a blue sapphire cabochon that matches well with the blue handset. The watch comes on a brown alligator-leather Cartier strap and an 18k rose-gold Cartier Ardillon buckle.
Cartier Louis-François Cartier took over his master’s jewellery workshop in 1847. Over the years, his sons and grandsons inherited the family business and expanded the brand by opening shops in New York and London. King Edward VII of the United Kingdom granted Cartier a prestigious royal warrant in 1904, calling the brand “the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers.” Such was the renown of Cartier, that royal warrants soon rolled in from all over the world (among which, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Siam, Spain, Portugal, and Russia). While Cartier is known primarily for its jewellery, it also has a storied history in watchmaking. Cartier’s first foray in watchmaking came in 1888, offering exclusively ladies models. In 1904, Louis Cartier gave his friend and Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont a watch to wear during his flights. Until then, wrist watches were worn exclusively by women and men opted for the traditional pocket watch. The ‘Santos-Dumont’ was not only the first wristwatch geared towards men but also the first pilot’s watch. Tank The Cartier Tank was designed as a tribute to Allied troops and their Renault tanks during the Great War. The first prototype Tank was presented in 1917 to General Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War I. The watch became available to the public after the war was over in 1919. The Tank is easily recognizable due to its angular case with its vertical crossbars (known as ‘brancards’) and noticeable crown topped with a sapphire cabochon. Over a hundred years old now, the Tank has known many illustrious owners, among which Andy Warhol, Jackie Kennedy, Yves Saint Laurent, Frank Sinatra and Calvin Klein. It belongs among the most important watches in watch history and is still one of the cornerstones of Cartier’s collection.
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