What To Know About The New Cartier Tank MC

What To Know About The New Cartier Tank MC

New Watch! • 02 Oct 2015

What To Know About The New Cartier Tank MC


The Cartier Tank is a design icon that has stood the test of time well.
The Cartier Tank is a design icon that has stood the test of time well.

Few watches in the scene can boast of the same iconic status as the Cartier Tank.  Today we take a peek at this famous collection and highlight some key features in its new variant, the Tank MC.

The Cartier Tank was one of the first wristwatches to be made

Cartier Tank Française 1821 Quartz Yellow gold case Leather bracelet Ladies' watch Sapphire Glass White dial Roman numerals
The Cartier Tank was created by Louis Cartier in 1917 and it was one of the first wristwatches to appear on the market.

When Louis Cartier first produced it, the Cartier Tank began a revolution in the world of horology.  It was one of the first wristwatches to appear on the market – that being a watch meant for wearing on the wrist.  Louis Cartier saw that the wristwatch was the future.  Before this most people simply carried pocket watches around.  His vision remains true till today. It is also the attention to detail and tradition from Cartier that has given the Tank Collection an enviable position that saw it through continual production for more than 100 years.

The New Cartier Tank MC is bigger

Cartier Tank MC WSTA0010 Automatic Steel case Crocodile skin bracelet Men's watch/Unisex Sapphire Glass blue dial Date
In keeping with a growing preference for larger watches, the new Cartier Tank MC is bigger – 44mm tall by 34.3mm wide.

Its cuboidal design was a revolution in its time, particularly in light of a growing preference for larger watches. In keeping with today’s trends, Cartier has increased the size of the new Tank MC to 44mm by 34.3mm without compromising on the Tank’s  signature design.

The Tank MC is powered by Cartier’s first in-house built self-winding movement

Cartier Tank MC 1904-PS MC Caliber
The specific movement inside of the Cartier Tank MC is the caliber 1904-PS MC with “MC” short for “Manufacture Cartier”.

Despite the Tank MC’s classic case style, Cartier has decided to bridge the classic design with a modern touch. The Tank MC watch is powered by the first self-winding movement produced by Cartier Manufacture, the 1904 MC, which was only previously available in the more modern Calibre de Cartier Collection. The movement is manufactured by Cartier’s manufacturing division and bears the trademark characteristics of a 27-jewel calibre and a 48-hour power reserve. The movement ensures accurate time setting through a ceramic regulation system and the use of stop seconds.

It still has the distinctive “rail-track” minute/hour feature

Cartier Tank MC W5330003 Automatic Steel case Lizard skin bracelet Men's watch/Unisex 1904-PS MC Caliber Sapphire Glass Silver dial Roman numerals Date
The Cartier Tank MC has an iconic Tank look with its striking rail-track dial.

Cartier still pays homage to the Tank collection’s distinguished past. The Cartier Tank MC has an undoubtedly large face and allows for the necessary space to include a smaller seconds display and a date feature on top of its classic and distinctive “rail-track” minute/hour feature.  Accompanying the case is a strap made from the finest alligator hide complete with a double folding buckle.

There are a variety of cases to choose from

Cartier Tank MC WSTA0010 Automatic Steel case Crocodile skin bracelet Men's watch/Unisex Sapphire Glass blue dial Date
The Cartier Tank MC is available in stainless steel or 18K pink gold with the option of a diamond setting.

The case is made of stainless steel.  However, there are variants one could opt for, such as the more luxurious 18-karat pink gold version or the skeleton version.  There is also a diamond variant for diamond aficionados.

The Cartier Tank MC is the latest update to a long and vaunted tradition.  While it bears sufficient resemblance to it’s past, the new configurations offered demonstrates Cartier’s desire for the new Tank MC to strike out on its own and become a new icon in its own right.

 

The Hour Glass is a proud retailer of Cartier.

Images and Screen Grab Courtesy of Cartier’s Official Site.

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