Made for the Times: Cartier presents the updated Tank Américaine to a new generation of watch-loving individuals
By The Time Place Magazine
When it comes to preserving the identity of its enduring icons, Cartier ensures that each timepiece remains loyal to the very elements that made it a success. Case in point is the new Tank Américaine, which highlights a subtle transformation.
But before we enumerate the minute details enhanced by the Maison, let us first recall the inception of this iconic timepiece. A successor of the Tank Cintrée and member of the prestigious Tank family, the Tank Américaine dates back to as early as 1912. Bearing the same aesthetic codes as the iconic line, it evokes freedom and a certain kind of lifestyle with its purity of lines and the accuracy of its proportions.
Renowned for its curved aesthetic adopted from the Tank Cintrée, the watch was first introduced in 1989 with its signature rectangular tank-shaped case design. With an overall slim, elongated figure, the timepiece has rounded brancards that enhanced the curvature of the case.
This year, Cartier brings back the Tank Américaine, albeit in a form that has somewhat undergone an evolution. Showcasing a brand new approach, the modern model exudes a more ergonomic feel. Reinforcing the purity of its form is the novel style of the dial and the flawless integration of the brancards into the extension of the strap.
Effortlessly chic and totally American, the Tank Américaine embodies the values of freedom and exceptional style. Like all Tanks before it, this new version evokes classic charm and a timeless appeal. With elements that stay true to what modern aesthetes look for, the watch has a dial that moulds perfectly to the curve of the wrist. Secured with either a stylish leather strap or a stunning steel bracelet, the model is offered in three different sizes—mini, small, or large—which allow it to cater to a variety of wrist sizes. Suitable for any occasion, for work or play, for day or night, the timepiece conveys elegance at every turn.
Powered by either a quartz movement or the new Manufacture 1899 MC, a self-winding mechanical movement especially crafted for slimmer cases, the Tank Américaine is available in a number of models. For the mini model, the watch comes in a total of five variations, rendered in steel, rose gold or white gold. At the heart of the timepiece is a quartz movement. Water-resistant to 3 bar or approximately 30 metres, two of the watches benefit from the adornment of diamonds, while a third comes in a full diamond-set version.
The small model, on the other hand, is also driven by a quartz movement. Slightly bigger than the mini size, it is available in steel or rose gold, with the latter offered in three distinct pieces: with a leather strap, with a leather strap and diamonds, and with a rose gold bracelet and diamonds.
Lastly, the large model comes in two beautiful models, one in steel with a dark blue leather strap, and the second in sultry rose gold with a complementary grey leather strap. Powered by the new Manufacture 1899 MC, a self-winding mechanical movement made for slimmer cases, these large versions of the Tank Américaine uphold the casual chic spirit synonymous with the line.
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