Tank Américaine watch
Tank Américaine watch, large model, mechanical movement with automatic winding. 18K pink gold case, 8-sided crown set with a faceted sapphire, silvered flinqué dial, blued-steel sword-shaped hands, mineral crystal, alligator-skin strap with 18K pink gold ardillon buckle, calendar aperture at 6 o’clock. Case dimensions: 45.1 mm x 26.6 mm, thickness: 8.85 mm. Water-resistant to 30 meters/100 feet.
Louis Cartier created the Tank watch in 1917. A legend was born. The first prototype was presented as a gift to General Pershing some years before the watch was introduced into the market in 1919. The lugs blend seamlessly into the bare edges of the flat vertical brancards, giving the watch its unique aesthetic. The clean, crisp lines have proved hugely popular with a free-spirited, elegant clientèle. The now-iconic Tank watch has inspired countless variations, yet managed to preserve its distinctive identity.