Cartier Tank Asymétrique

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Head turner or head tilter? One of Cartier’s most elusive designs has received a tantalizing update.

The Tank Asymétrique—or Tank Parallélogramme, Oblique or Losange as it was known during its early days—came out in 1936 as a driver’s watch. Due to its parallelogram shaped case and slanted dial, the Asymétrique would be oriented upright when one would have their hands on a steering wheel.

The Tank Asymétrique is one of the rarest of Cartier creations with very few of the original Asymétrique known to exist. The Asymétrique was revived in the mid-1990s. Since then, the Asymétrique has seen a handful of releases, each time in very small production runs.

This exquisite Tank Asymétrique is from the original 1996 Collection Privée release. This historically important re-edition consisted of 400 watches: 300 in 18K yellow gold and another 100 in platinum.

The 18K yellow gold case on this piece features a parallelogram shape with a bold three lug construction to accommodate the torsion effect caused by the skewed case. Unlike the rather large size of modern executions of the Asymétrique, this version measures a classic 23 x 33 mm.

To maintain legibility, the slanted dial features Bauhaus-inspired Arabic numerals with Cartier’s iconic blued sword style hands. As with all of the Collection Privée watches, the dial is made of 18K gold, covered with a layer that contains fine guilloché engraving.

This rare and creative Asymétrique is in excellent condition and is powered by a hand wound movement. The watch comes on a black alligator leather Cartier strap with an 18K yellow gold deployant clasp.

Introduction

  1. Cartier 
Louis-François Cartier took over his master’s jewelry 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 jeweler of kings and the king of jeweler.” 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 jewelry, 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.

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