A QUESTION OF GEOMETRY
Since it was created back in 1917, the watch designed by Louis Cartier has constantly reinvented itself. One of its most original variations is back in the limelight in a chic, refined limited edition.
The 1936-unveiled Tank Asymétrique shook up the icon’s signature design by showcasing two horizontal brancards linked by two oblique-shaped bars and featuring numerals off-set 30° to the right. For the 2020 vintage, the Arabic numerals which replace the more traditional Roman-style typography and indexes have been redesigned. Cartier proposes the watch in three versions, each style produced in just 100 pieces. The first combines a rose gold case and gray dial, the second embraces yellow gold and an elegant Champagne shade whilst the third takes on a platinum case and silver-colored dial. A special strap was also created to espouse the case parallelogram to perfection (47.15 x 26.2 mm).
The 1917 MC caliber nestles at the very heart of this incredibly-fine 6.38 mm-thick case. This hand-wound mechanical movement offers a power reserve of some 38 hours once the watch is fully wound via the crown set with a sapphire or ruby cabochon depending on the version.
Holding true to its great tradition to empower design with state-of-the-art technique, Cartier revealed two other variations, each also issued in just 100 pieces, one in rose gold, the other in platinum, equipped with a 9623 MC skeletonized movement. The numerals 12 and 6 represent the cardinal points of this openworked architecture. The blued hands hover over indexes coated with the same color and forged in the actual caliber structure itself. All these models are complemented by alligator straps, available in blue, black, gray or brown based on the case material.
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By Dan Diaconu
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