Cartier Tank Chinoise 2685

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Cartier introduced the Tank Chinoise in 1922 as Far Eastern themes became wildly popular in European fashion and interior design.

The Tank Chinoise takes the classic rectangular Tank silhouette and adds broad horizontal bars, inspired by the lintels of Chinese temples, above and below the dial. As a result, the watch takes on a more substantial, masculine vibe. The platinum case measures 30 x 37 mm; a proper gents size. The vertical brancards on the case are factory-set with brilliant-cut diamonds. This detail is continued on the crown, which is topped by an exquisite diamond cabochon. The ivory dial is executed in classic Cartier fashion, with painted black Roman numerals and elegant blued sword hands.

The watch dates back to the early 2000s and has just returned from a full factory service, attested by the accompanying service papers. We’ve paired the watch with a black alligator-leather strap and an 18k white-gold Cartier folding clasp.


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.



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