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18k Yellow gold
19 x 35 mm
Original gold buckle
Original box & papers
Cartier Tank Americaine Ref. 2482 B+P
Introducing to you with great pleasure, we present this magnificent Cartier Tank Americaine timepiece meticulously crafted in luxurious 18k yellow gold.
The Cartier Tank holds an esteemed reputation in the world of horology, and this exceptional model offers a distinct twist from the traditional design. Its elongated and gracefully curved silhouette, known as the “Americaine” variant, sets it apart as a truly captivating timepiece.
Let us delve into its remarkable features, beginning with the crown. In a departure from the customary cabochon Spinel, the crown is adorned with a faceted gem that beautifully complements the unique “nut-style” design. The elongated case is expertly crafted in 18k yellow gold, exuding an aura of elegance, and encases a highly reliable quartz movement, ensuring worry-free wear.
To enhance the appeal of this extraordinary watch, it is accompanied by its original box and papers, attesting to its authenticity and adding to the overall allure. The inclusion of Cartier service papers and an original 18k yellow gold buckle further exemplify the exceptional quality and attention to detail.
Experience the epitome of luxury and sophistication with this Cartier Tank Americaine timepiece, a symbol of refined taste and timeless style.
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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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