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Cartier Tank Moon Ref. 8190

The Cartier Tank is possibly the oldest wristwatch design that has been in continuous production. 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.

This particular example comes with a few extras not commonly found on the Tank. It is fitted with an elegant pointer date and an equally elegant moonphase complication. Combined with the parchment-coloured dial and smaller-than-usual Roman numerals,  it lends a very sophisticated aesthetic to an already very stylish wristwatch.

The 20,5 x 28 millimetre case is executed in 18k yellow gold and is home to a reliable quartz movement. The watch comes on a brand new dark blue alligator strap by Cartier, including the original 18k folding clasp. This Cartier Tank Ref. 8190 comes with 2021 Cartier service papers.

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Brand

Cartier

Model

Reference

8190

Year of production (circa)

1990

Material

18k Yellow gold

Crystal

Sapphire

Dial color

Cream

Movement

Quartz

Diameter

27 x 20 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Leather

Buckle/clasp

Original gold folding clasp

Lug Width

15 mm

Set Content

Service papers

Details
Brand Cartier
Diameter 27 x 20 mm
Model Tank Moon
Bracelet/strap: Leather
Reference 8190
Buckle/clasp Original gold folding clasp
Year of production (circa) 1990
Lug Width 15 mm
Material 18k Yellow gold
Set Content Service papers
Crystal Sapphire
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Cream
Movement Quartz
Backstory

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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