On the occasion of Watches&Wonders 2023, Cartier reveals its seventh watch in the Privè line: the Tank Normale. Created in 1917 by Louis Cartier and marketed two years later, the Tank represents one of the milestones in the watchmaking heritage of the Maison and in the history of watchmaking. The precision of the design and the purity of the lines make it a timeless watch, capable of transcending time.
This year, Cartier has imagined an hour/minute version that evokes the proportions and bevelled sapphire crystal of the original. It is available in yellow gold with a brown alligator strap and in platinum with a black alligator strap. A first for the Cartier Privé collection, the timepiece is also available in yellow gold and platinum bracelet versions, with an interplay of satin-finished and polished finishes that recall a resolutely 70s spirit. Case and bracelet are one, with their satin finishes. This continuity contrasts with the polished finish which emphasizes the contours of the brancard and the edges of the case.
To this emblematic form of the Maison's watchmaking history, Cartier adds one of its iconic complications with a skeletonized movement, flanked by a 24-hour complication indicated by a skeletonized sun and crescent moon. While the minute hand circles the dial in one hour, the hour hand circles in 24 hours instead of 12. Thus, daytime hours are read at the top of the dial, night hours at the bottom. To symbolize the transition from day to night, the watchmakers have covered the skeleton bridges in a nuanced color that adorns the two halves of the dial.
Produced in a limited and numbered edition of 50 pieces, the skeletonized Tank is available in yellow gold with a brown and green alligator strap with a blue sapphire cabochon on the winding crown and in platinum with a burgundy and gray alligator strap with a ruby cabochon on the winding crown. The whole is completed by a watch with a case set with brilliant-cut diamonds in a limited and numbered edition of 20 pieces, with an alligator strap in two shades of blue with a brilliant-cut diamond on the winding crown.