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Cartier Tank Américaine 2544
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This white gold and diamond set Tank Américaine with a unique bracelet consisting of 3 separate strands proves once again that Cartier is the “jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers”. 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 made in precious metals and wears comfortably due its wrist-hugging design. This 18k white gold ladies size Tank Américaine from 2005 measures 27 x 14.5 mm and is factory set with 9 brilliant-cut diamonds on each of the two vertical brancards of the case. As the case is set with diamonds, the traditional sapphire-tipped Cartier crown is replaced with one carrying a diamond as well. The watch features an ivory dial with an uncommon ‘Petite Tapisserie’ style embossed pattern together with Cartier’s well-known black painted Roman numerals and elegant black sword hands. This ref. 2544 also features a rare bracelet variation. While most Tank Américaine models come with a 5-link bracelet, this execution features an 18k white gold brick-style bracelet with 3 separate strands. These strands are connected together at the ends of the case and the clasp but flow separately otherwise. This gives the impression of three jewelry bracelets luxuriously stacked on top of each other, rather than a static watch band. The watch is in excellent condition, runs on a handy quartz movement, and comes with the 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 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 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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