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Cartier: The Tank Watch

Timeless Style

Franco cologni

This handsome monograph charts the evolution of one of the most coveted items of modern style, showcasing

the extraordinary craftsmanship of the House of Cartier.

The Tank Watch designed by Louis Cartier in 1917 is an icon of modern timepiece design.

Whether fashioned from gold or platinum, and embellished with precious gemstones or

vermeil faces, the distinctive square face and smooth lines make it instantly recognizable. One

of the world’s first square wristwatches (the first was the legendary Santos Dumont designed

by Cartier in 1904), the Tank Watch’s functionality is rivaled only by its elegance; it represents

a perfect combination of fine watch-making and the jeweler’s art. Over nearly a century,

the Tank has been creatively reinterpreted by the House in many famous models—from

the Chinese Tank to the Crash Watch to the recent Tank Anglaise—while always remaining

faithful to Louis Cartier’s original concept.

Cartier: The Tank Watch celebrates the history of one of Cartier’s greatest masterpieces through

designs from Cartier’s rich archives, historical models, and photographs of the famous clients, from

Clark Gable to Andy Warhol, who have chosen the Tank Watch as their favorite timepiece.

Franco cologni, writer and historian, is the author of numerous books on the history of watch-making and

jewelry, including The Cartier Collection: Timepieces (2006) and Cartier: The Tank Watch (1998), both published

by Flammarion. He is also Chairman of the Cultural Council of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.

Hardcover with jacket

216 pages, 300 color and b&w illustrations

9 ¾ x 11 ¼ in. (24.7 x 28.5 cm)

ISBN: 978-2-08-020131-7

$100 / Can. $114 / £65 / 75 €

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Cartier : la moNtre taNk

la tank est

précisément cela,

une modernité


à une idée précise

de finesse des

lignes, de légèreté

des volumes, de

profils dépouillés

et de Beauté


page de gauche

Montre-bracelet Tank

cartier paris, 1934

Fabrication Jaeger Signée Cartier sous douze heures,

France sur six heures Vendue au prince du Népal

Boîte et brancards platine satiné et poli. Couronne de

remontoir perlée, un cabochon saphir. Bracelet platine

sept rangs imbriqués, boucle déployante or rose noyée.

Cadran carré crème à chiffres romains,

minuterie intérieure chemin de fer.

Aiguilles de type Breguet acier bleui.

Mouvement calibre 168 LeCoultre rond, décoration

fausses Côtes de Genève, rhodié, 8 ajustements,

19 rubis, échappement à ancre, balancier bimétallique,

spiral plat.


Stewart Granger, star d’Hollywood, quis quodis vel

moluptur? Quias dolore, undes aligendae voluptius,

il illuptaecust autem nihitae, 1949.


Nouveaux territoires

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