In a world where fast fashion implicitly puts an expiry date on designs, only those with ageless beauty last. While jewelries and watches tend to be out in the market for longer periods, it is a great achievement to reach 25 or 59 years, let alone 100 years. So when Cartier’s Tank Américaine reached that milestone last year, it cemented the watch’s its reputation of having an impressive design and timeless relevance.
Release date & price
Release Date: 1917
The Tank Américaine has gone through a lot of seasons in the watchmaking history, yet the subtle changes and improvements on its form and technology did not take away the classic essence of the original design. It remains to be a hallmark of class and timeless elegance.
- Sizes: Small (19mm x 34.8mm), medium (22.6mm x 41.6mm), and large (26.6mm x 45.1mm)
- Movement: Automatic ETA movement (medium and large); Quartz movement (small)
- Dial: Silver with smooth finish
- Crown: With blue synthetic sapphire cabochon
The most recent launch of Tank Américaine’s new iteration re-introduced the rare employment of white metal. Serious collectors and watch-lovers know how precious having such material in the 100th year version of the watch, as opposed to the usual pink and yellow gold ones in the past. Buyers are given the choice of three sizes, with the two larger ones featuring an automatic movement while the smallest have a quartz one. Such option gives more freedom to the wearer in choosing what would fit their lifestyle, with all the choices carrying the architectural elegance for a much cheaper price than their predecessors.
While the charm and appeal of the Tank Américaine remains, some aspects might have gone a bit out of sorts in its recent version, probably due to the significant dip in its price point. One issue is the folding clasp, which might feel uncomfortable and painful, especially during the first few wearing experience. On the appearance aspect, Tank Américaine may not be the best choice for daily use, as its luxurious appeal might not match a casual style.
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