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Cartier Tank Louis Mecanique 'Paris'
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The classic Cartier Tank Louis has quickly become the best selling watch among our female clientele and it’s not without reason. The Tank Louis is the epitome of elegance and timeless design. This 18k yellow-gold Tank Louis dates back to the mid-2000s. While most executions of the Tank from the 1990s and 2000s feature a battery-driven quartz movement, this watch runs on a classic manual-wound caliber. The iconic 18k yellow-gold rectangular case measures 23.5 mm by 30.5 mm. The white dial sports Cartier’s well-known painted black Roman numerals, painted railroad minute track, and blue sword hands. The dial is signed ‘PARIS’ at the 6 o’clock position, indicating that the watch was sold in Cartier’s historic flagship boutique at Paris’ Place Vendôme. In true Cartier form, the crown is topped with a blue sapphire cabochon. The watch was just serviced at Cartier and comes with the corresponding service papers. We’ve paired the watch with a nice brown lizard leather strap.
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 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. The Tank is easily recognizable due to its angular case with its vertical crossbars (known as ‘brancards’) and noticeable crown topped with a sapphire cabochon. Over a hundred years old now, the Tank has known many illustrious owners, among which Andy Warhol, Jackie Kennedy, Yves Saint Laurent, Frank Sinatra and Calvin Klein. It belongs among the most important watches in watch history and is still one of the cornerstones of Cartier’s collection.
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