Cartier Tank Americaine 1710Sold
Cartier Tank Americaine 1710
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A full-gold, full-diamond set Cartier Tank Américaine? We promise you that American does not equal gaudy! The Cartier Tank was designed as a tribute to Allied troops and their Renault tanks during World War I. 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. In 1989 the designers at Cartier New York set out to redesign the classic Tank. The new Tank Américaine featured an elongated case that curved around the wrist. This exceptionally elegant Tank is only made in precious metals and wears comfortably due its wrist-hugging design. This exceptional execution of the Tank Américaine is a triple diamond threat with stones on the brancards of the case, a diamond-set dial, and diamonds on the links of the full-gold bracelet. And to top it off, the crown also contains a diamond cabochon; a detail reserved only for factory-set Cartier watches. The dial has a beautiful cream color with a classic guilloché engraved pattern in the center, applied gold Roman numerals at the 6 and 12 position, and matching gold sword hands. The 35 x 19mm case is perfectly proportioned for ladies as well as elegant gentlemen. The watch dates back to 1997 and comes as a full set with original box and papers.
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 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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