Cartier Tank Francaise Automatic Quartz Watches
The Tank Series of watches was created by Louis Cartier in 1917, and the original prototype was presented as a gift to General John Pershing Commander of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe. A few years later in 1919 Cartier launched the commercial production and sale of the watch. The Tank watch design from Cartier combines a square dial and rectangle bezel and lugs denoting the look of the Renault tank used on the battlefields of Europe during World War I. The Tank model of watch from Cartier has gone on to become one of the most imitated designs of all time proving the watch from Cartier possess a unique and timeless elegance which other watch makers aspire to bring their watches into line with. The Cartier Tank watch was the first watch Cartier released that was waterproof fusing the practicality of a waterproof watch with the aesthetic appeal which Cartier watches have been applauded. Some of the defining features one can view in any Tank Watch by Cartier is a bold Roman Numeral Dial featuring quartz or automatic movement, square Stainless Steel or 18K Gold Bezel, sword-shaped, blue stainless steel hands, and a sapphire cabochon surmounted crown on the face of the Tank watch from Cartier. The design of the Cartier Tank watch was a response by Cartier to a question that had bothered him for some time: how to attach the case, dial, and bezel of the watch to a stainless steel or 18K gold strap while maintaining conceptual integrity of the Tank watch. Cartier addressed this question by making the stainless steel or 18K rose gold, white gold, or yellow gold band the exact same width as the case and the dial of the Cartier Tank watch, while the steel or 18K white gold or yellow gold lugs, the points of attachment on the Cartier Tank watch, remain hidden from view on the Cartier Tank watch. Before Cartier watch makers had not considered aesthetics in the design of a watch relying rather on the functionality of it. Cartier broke from this tradition by creating several very distinct models of Tank wrist watch the world had never seen before. Thus, the legacy of Cartier was solidified in the world of watch making, and the famous Tank series of watches from Cartier was born.
In 1996 Cartier introduced the Tank Francaise watches transforming the view of the Tank watch into a "bracelet watch" featuring ornate jewelry such as 18K yellow gold, 18K white gold, or 18K rose gold, and stainless steel in these watches. The integral design of the Cartier Tank Francaise creates a perfect harmony between the stainless steel case and jewelry of the bracelet on these watches while paying beautiful homage to the major accomplishments of French Architectural history which Cartier himself was greatly influenced by. For Men the Cartier Tank Francaise features three different versions with jewelry of the bracelet available in stainless steel, yellow gold, or white gold and a choice between quartz or automatic movement. For Ladies, the Tank Francaise from Cartier has 8 models in small, medium and large with 18K yellow gold or rose gold, and stainless steel jewelry along the bracelet of the watch which features a quartz movement. Each item of either the men's or woman's models from the Cartier Tank Francaise collection come from a watchmaking tradition that is over 160 years old. The watch features clean lines and elegant shapes, focusing on colored gemstones that take on a timeless quality once rendered from yellow gold or white gold.