|Year of production (circa)
18k Yellow gold
23 x 28 mm
Original gold folding clasp
Cartier service papers 2024
Cartier Tank Louis Ref. 96065
Introducing the timeless allure of the Cartier Tank Louis, an enduring classic that has retained its unchanging elegance throughout the years. This specific model is meticulously crafted in 18k yellow gold, exemplifying sophistication through its manual movement and an enchanting white/creamish dial.
Having undergone professional servicing, this Cartier Tank Louis transcends beyond being a mere timepiece; it stands as a meticulously preserved masterpiece of horological art. Measuring 24 mm in width and approximately 29 mm in height, it emanates a refined and elegant size.
True to Cartier’s distinctive style, the watch boasts iconic Roman numerals, an 18k yellow gold folding clasp, and a sapphire crown – details that unmistakably define the brand’s unique aesthetic. An outstanding feature is the Paris dial coupled with a manual movement, a distinctive trait in Cartier watches that imparts an exclusive touch of refinement.
Additionally, this Cartier Tank Louis comes with service papers ensuring great care
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The Cartier Tank was designed by Louis Cartier in 1917. Its design was inspired by the brand new, awe-inspiring Renault FT-17 tank, used in WWI. We may consider the Tank to be a classical shape today, but back in 1917, it was a design revolution, much like the Renault that inspired it. The very first public example was given to General John Pershing in 1918.
The iconic design looks simple and elegant, but is deceptively complex at the same time. The nearly square case is flanked by two brancards, giving the watch its slender, rectangular appearance. A form that is clearly taken from the Renault tank with its tracks. A white dial, black Roman numerals, heat-blued hands, rail-road track and sapphire cabochon crown complete the typical Tank design.
Countless variations on the theme exist though. 1921 Saw the introduction of the elongated Cintrée models. In the 1970’s, in response to the Quartz crisis, Cartier launched the Must de Cartier line. These Tanks were powered by more affordable quartz or mechanical ETA calibers and the cases were plated silver, rather than 18k gold. The Tank Americaine was launched in the late 1980’s. The elongated and curved shape was reminiscent of the Cintrée, but a little less delicate in form. The more angular, modern Tank Francaise was added to the collection in 1995. More niche variants such as the Tank Chinoise and the odd “digital” Tank a Guichet are available for those with a taste for something different.
The Cartier Tank has always been a celebrity favorite. Iconic figures such as Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali and Jackie Kennedy wore Tanks. Jackie Kennedy’s specific watch was later acquired by Kim Kardashian for a whopping $395.000,- at auction. Today, you might spot a Tank Francaise on the Dutch Queen Maxima’s wrist.
The Cartier Tank is surely one of the most iconic watch designs out there. You can easily put it side-by-side with the Rolex Submariner and AP Royal Oak as one of those genre-defining designs. It is tempting to throw the term iconic around in the watch world, but it is justified here beyond a shadow of a doubt.
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