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Cartier Tank Arrondie 96041
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The Tank family is so recognizable because of its bold straight lines and angular corners. Yet, the Tank Arrondie (French for “rounded”) deviates from this family tradition in a subtle way. By shaving the corners off a classic Tank, the Arrondie takes on the slightest hint of a cushion shape. Just enough to pique one’s interest but thankfully not enough for it to look like a dated 1970s has-been. Timeless and elegant, yet with a cheeky curve.
This Arrondie from the 1980s features an 18k yellow gold case, measuring in at 23 x 30 mm, and a classic manual winding movement known by caliber 21 by F. Piguet.. Instead of the classic leather strap option, this Arrondie comes on a spectacular 1980s-style integrated Cartier bracelet made up of thin 18k yellow gold bars.
The white dial is executed in true Cartier fashion with black painted Roman numerals, a rectangular painted railroad minute track, and elegant blued sword hands that match the blue sapphire topped crown. The small “Paris” signature at the 6 o’clock position indicates that this watch was originally sold in Cartier’s legendary flagship boutique at Paris’ Place de Vendôme.
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.