On The Wishlist: The Cartier Tank Américaine

An extension of the original Tank watch family, the understated elegant Tank Américaine design sits somewhere between classic and casual. In the last 106 years, it has evolved from its matriarch, the Tank, originally created by Louis Cartier inspired by the shapes of tanks on WWI battlefields.

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It must be said though, even in transformation it carries with it the same charm and key characteristics of the famous original watch, who even Andy Warhol was a fan of. Warhol famously said “I don't wear a Tank watch to tell the time. Actually, I never even wind it. I wear a Tank because it is the watch to wear!” Defined by its flat vertical brancards and a sapphire cabochon, this refined symbol of style has continued to captivate the world in its evolution, and the Tank family of watches still holds the same power over luxury enthusiasts today.

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Andry Warhol wearing his Cartier Tank via The Hour Glass


Like all Cartier Tanks, it is timeless. A direct heir to the Tank Cintrée of 1921, it has the same aesthetic codes, pure lines and accuracy of proportions that have allowed it to stand the test of time; while the subtle revisions of the curvy watch give the Tank Américaine an identity of its own. Equipped with the new Manufacture 1899 MC (a self-winding mechanical movement for slimmer cases) it comes in all-gold and in steel with a leather strap or metal bracelet, rose gold and diamonds with a leather strap or diamond-paved white and rose gold with a metal bracelet.

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Closely linked to American culture, and worn on the wrists of many Hollywood elites, like its counterparts the effortlessly chic Tank Américaine will be appreciated by generations of aesthetes to come.