|Year of production (circa)
18k Yellow gold
26 x 42 mm
Original gold buckle
Cartier Tank Americaine Ref.1730
Behold this Cartier Tank Americaine Chronograph – a magnificent timepiece meticulously crafted from 18k yellow gold, exuding pure elegance and sophistication.
Renowned for over a century, Cartier has been a beacon of luxury and fine craftsmanship since its establishment in 1847. The inception of the Tank collection in 1917 was revolutionary, drawing inspiration from the robustness of World War I tanks and forever altering the landscape of watch design.
A contemporary rendition of the classic Tank, the Tank Americaine line embodies the spirit of the United States, boasting a sleek and robust aesthetic. The Cartier Tank Americaine Chronograph epitomizes this spirit flawlessly, with its elongated rectangular form that exudes modernity and refinement.
Forged from 18k yellow gold, this timepiece radiates opulence and elegance, meticulously fashioned in both case and bracelet. The rectangular dial features smaller dials for time measurement, complemented by the grace of blue hands and Roman numeral hour markers, adding an element of exquisite sophistication.
Indulge in the opulence and refined style presented by the Cartier Tank Americaine Chronograph – a true emblem of class and sophistication, housed a convenient quartz movement and accompanied by an original Cartier strap and 18k yellow gold buckle.
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Cartier was founded by Louis-Francois Cartier in Paris in 1847. As number 59 on the Forbes most valuable brands list, it is safe to say that Cartier is a household name in the world of jewelry and watches.
Don’t be fooled by the glitter and glamour of the brand though. There is serious watchmaking heritage present here. Think, for instance, of the introduction of the men’s wristwatch. Up until the early 20th century, wristwatches were for women only. But then in 1904, the Brazilian dandy pilot Santos Dumont asked Louis Cartier for a more convenient solution to replace his cumbersome pocket watch. Cartier designed the Santos, the world’s first ever wristwatch for men. Who knows, we may have been Amsterdam Pocket Watch Company today, without Cartier’s massive influence on fashion!
Cartier is primarily known for its classic designs. Another famous example is the Tank. Inspired by a Renault tank from the WWI era, the rectangular case resembles the footprint of those early threaded vehicles. Like the Santos, its design has hardly changed in over a century.
The recipe is clear: white dials, heat-blued hands, stark black Roman numerals and a sapphire cabochon in the crown. We try not to be too liberal with the term iconic, but it surely applies here! Countless variations in case shapes, sizes, movement types and materials have been made. From the Ronde to the Pasha and from the Baignoire to the Ceinture. A fun detail is the signature below six o’ clock. “Swiss” indicates that these are Swiss made watches. But some come with a “Paris” designation, signaling those examples were sold in Cartier’s flagship store in Paris, Place Vendôme. A particularly desirable and collectible feature.
Cartier remained a family business until 1964. Today, it is part of the Richemont group, like IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Panerai, among many others. The classical designs remain a favorite among collectors and fashionistas alike.
If it is a timeless watch you are after, Cartier could just be perfect for you. Most of its designs are based on themes over a century old. And they have looked fresh and relevant ever since. We are confident they will remain so for a long, long time to come!
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