The Luxury Steel Case Cartier Tank Replica Watch is the very epitome of the dress watch, which has a purpose quite different from that of other luxury watches. A sports chrono, for example, is all about measuring time: trapping you, in a way, in the endless passage of seconds and minutes. A true dress watch is there to freeze it. A luxury watch that’s good enough for the grandfather of chic and the founder of Cartier is definitely good enough for me.
The history (the prototype of the watch was given to General Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force) is impeccable. And the imitations are endless. And that’s it. Look at the seconds-free, unadorned face of your Steel Case Cartier Tank Replica Watch, and you don’t see the moments of the occasion hurtling past. You see what every organiser of every black-tie event wants you to feel: Now. This time, this date. A moment of elegance,
The ultimate dress watch for the gents and the ladies, the Cartier Tank Replica Watch has remained essentially unchanged since its debut in 1922. The design, inspired by the Renault tanks of the Western Front, is the last word in classical simplicity.
So, what do you get for your money? A rectangular case, blending seamlessly with an alligator strap. Cartier’s signature Roman numerals. Classic blue hands. And, if you want it, a date window at 3 o’ clock. immortalised.
The Cartier Replica Watch that inspired such imitation is instantly recognisable. It’s been seen on some of the most famous wrists in the world: Angeline Jolie, Cary Grant, Truman Capote, Greta Garbo. Michelle Obama wears one (the Tank Française model). And, perhaps the highest accolade of all: Louis Cartier himself wore the Tank.