Cartier Tank Américaine 1713Sold
Cartier Tank Américaine 1713
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A white-gold Cartier Tank Américaine on a gold bracelet? In this way, American certainly doesn’t equal gaudy! This ladies-size Tank Américaine is executed in 18k white-gold and comes on a 5-link 18k gold bracelet that resembles the tracks on a tank. The case measures 19 x 35 mm and due to the slightly curved design it wraps elegantly around the wrist. We especially love the outspoken dial on this watch. The Tank Américaine usually sports the classic Cartier configuration, consisting of a cream-colored background with painted black Roman numerals. This uncommon variant, however, comes with a grey dial with a finely-engraved triangular pattern and large white painted Arabic numerals in fancy Art Deco style. As is tradition, the white gold crown is topped with a sky-blue sapphire cabochon. The watch dates back to 2000, runs on a trusty quartz movement, and is in excellent condition.
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. Cartier Tank Américaine 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. In 1989 the designers at Cartier New York set out to redesign the classic Tank. The new model featured an elongated case that curved around the wrist; the Tank Américaine was born. This exceptionally elegant Tank is only made in precious metals and wears comfortably due its wrist-hugging design.
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