Cartier Tank Américaine 819907 'Phase de Lune'Sold
Cartier Tank Américaine 819907 'Phase de Lune'
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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 since. 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. Cartier only produces this exceptionally elegant Tank in precious metals. This ref. 819907 from the mid-1980s is a mid-size execution of the Tank Américaine with a handy quartz movement. With its 23.5 x 41 mm 18k yellow gold case, it’s the perfect size for gentlemen as well as ladies. The ivory dial features Cartier’s well-known painted black Roman numerals and blued sword hands. At the 6 o’clock position we find a charming aperture that displays the phases of the moon through a lovely blue and gold-colored disc. This Tank Américaine also incorporates a date function, which can be read with the help of a blued crescent-shaped hand that ticks along a date track. All these blue details of course match the iconic blue sapphire-tipped crown. This Tank Américaine features an exquisite 4-link brick style bracelet. Even though all the links are connected, they can also toggle independently from one another, giving the bracelet a lovely flowy effect. Together with the integrated butterfly clasp, this gives the band a luxurious jewelry-like quality.
iCartier 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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