TURN OF THE CEN­TURY

It takes a real icon to look fresh, even af­ter a hun­dred years.

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - The Last Page -

“If all tanks were made by Cartier, we would have time to live in peace,” de­clared avant-garde fash­ion designer Jean-Charles de Castel­ba­jac, in il­lus­tra­tions pay­ing trib­ute to the Cartier Tank that he inked in 1994. This sen­ti­ment still holds true – not only be­cause of to­day’s un­cer­tain global po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, but also be­cause Cartier’s iconic watch looks as time­lessly ap­peal­ing to­day, a hun­dred years af­ter its cre­ation.

In 1917, Louis Cartier de­signed the rec­tan­gu­lar, min­i­mal­ist time­piece, which was framed by ver­ti­cal bars rem­i­nis­cent of the treads of a – yes, tank. Sev­eral new mod­els have been cre­ated to mark the cen­te­nary of this fam­ily, which in­cludes vari­ants such as the Tank Amer­i­caine and Tank Fran­caise. Our favourites: Skele­ton mod­els based on the curved Tank Cintree, which was launched in 1921. They are el­e­gant, with an ar­chi­tec­tural edge. If only all tanks were made by Cartier.

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