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Cartier Tank Américaine Jumbo 1734 'CPCP'
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The elegant Tank Américaine was designed by the New York Cartier boutique in 1989 and has only been produced in precious metals. In 1989 the designers at Cartier New York set out to redesign the classic Tank. The new Tank Américaine featured an elongated convex case that curved around the wrist. This exceptionally elegant Tank is only produced in precious metals and wears comfortably due its wrist-hugging design. This ref. 1734 Tank Américaine is part of the exclusive and limited ‘Collection Priveé Cartier Paris’ (CPCP) from the late 1990s. The 950 platinum case is a so-called Jumbo variant, measuring a modern 45 x 27 mm. Although not a numbered release, this CPCP reference was only available in the period 1998-2000 and only a few dozen were produced in that period making it one of the rarest executions of the Tank Américaine. The absolute standout on this watch is the exquisite handmade dial. As with all of the CPCP pieces, the dial is made of 18k gold, covered with a layer that contains fine guilloché engraving. The dial, of course, features Cartier’s painted black Roman numerals and closed minute track as well as elegant blued sword hands that match well with the iconic sapphire-tipped 18k white gold crown. This ref. 1734 dates back to 1998 and runs on a classic hand wound movement. The watch comes as a full set with the original box and papers and a black alligator leather Cartier strap with an 18k white gold Cartier deployant clasp.
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.
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