2017 is an important year for the Tank collection which celebrates its centenary. The brand took this opportunity to add four series of new models: Tank Française, Tank Américaine, Tank Cintrée Skeleton and Tank Louis Cartier. On Monday September 25, we presented the six new Tank Louis Cartier Watches Ballon Bleu Replica and today, let’s discover the Tank Française watches.
When created in 1996, the Tank Française transformed the stylistic features of the Tank watches. The case was attached to a metal bracelet, thereby reconfiguring the design of the side brancards, dial with Roman numerals, “rail-track” minute circle, sword-shaped hands and faceted winding crown adorned with a sapphire cabochon.
Other, higher-end Tank models include variants on the shape and layout, as well as options such as fancier motions and precious metals. The Cartier Tank Solo is also available in 18k pink gold. Sportier options can be located in the Santos and MC families. However, all of these are more expensive than the entry-level Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic.A great deal of other brands offer you rectangular and square watches which are at least influenced by the Cartier Tank, though few are quite powerful, it seems. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is, of course, the other major rectangular, Art Deco watch out there, but it is more expensive and actually provides a somewhat different charm. And I have not found one that fits me just right like the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic does! In case your Cartier Tank alternative has to be rectangular, please try it first because it’s far more difficult to get proportions and fit right than using a round watch.Another method of looking at the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic will see its competitors as standard dress-style mechanical watches in the $3,000-$4,000 range, around or otherwise. Dress-style watch choices exist for practically any budget. For individuals on a much tighter budget, we proposed Orient’s apparel watches and appeared at a couple of them here. I anticipate readers’ tips.
The shape asserts itself in the curved case and bracelet, which form a seamless continuity of lines, volume and material. Its geometry is simultaneously softened and strengthened by bevelled brancards and the concave curves of the links: radical lines produced by watchmaking finishes. This practical yet attractive wristwatch has now been liberated, free to combine the purity of steel with a diamond setting.
The 2017 Tank Française
The new models are available in two sizes: a small one (25.20 mm x 20.30 mm x 6.15 mm) and a medium one (30.40 mm x 25.05 mm x 6.65 mm). Equipped with a quartz movement, these watches have a stainless steel case set with 24 brilliant-cut diamonds, a silver dial and a steel strap, typical of the Tank Française.
Small and medium model of the Tank Française © Cartier