The “Panthère” collection stays true to its original design with a old link bracelet, screws around the dial, softened angles, the octagonal sapphire crown, and Roman numerals: the Panthère watch is forever distinctly Cartier.
Design, shape, nothing has changed. Only the bracelet has been revised, such as the new quartz calibre.
This very feminine style comes back available in 9 models and two different sizes – 22 and 27 mm. Gold, steel, pink gold, steel and gold, even a laquered version, paved or not, the Panthère style raws for everyone.
Other, higher-end Tank models include variations on the form and design, as well as alternatives such as fancier motions and valuable metals. The Cartier Tank Solo is also available in 18k pink gold. The Tank Louis Cartier offers a lot of what the Cartier Tank Solo XL does but will probably be more elegant in just about every way, using a Piaget (same parent company, Richemont) base motion inside, and only available in precious metal. Sportier options are found in the Santos and MC families. But, all of them are more costly than the entry-level Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic.A lot of different manufacturers offer rectangular and square watches that are at least influenced by the Cartier Tank, though few are quite successful, it seems. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is, of course, another important rectangular, Art Deco watch out there, but it’s more costly and really provides a somewhat different appeal. In case your Cartier Tank option has to be rectangular, please try it on first because it’s much harder to get proportions and match right than with a round watch.Another way of appearing at the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic would see its competitors as conservative dress-style mechanical watches in the $3,000-$4,000 range, around or otherwise. Dress-style watch options exist for just about any budget. For individuals on a much tighter budget, we suggested Orient’s dress watches and looked at a few of these. I anticipate readers’ suggestions.