Cartier Tank Asymetrique

FROM RECTANGLE TO DIAMOND

Cartier Tank Asymetrique
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The Tank was Louis Cartier’s bright idea to give a watch the shape of a rectangle in 1917, at a time when timepieces were round. From 1917 to 1936, it saw multiple incarnations. For 2020, the Maison presents the new Cartier Tank Asymetrique.

Cartier Tank Asymetrique

When it appeared in 1936, the Tank Asymétrique watch – also known at the time as the Parallélogramme or Losange – marked a break with tradition: unlike any other watch, it questioned the established order of things.

Cartier Tank Asymetrique
Cartier Tank Asymetrique 1936

Everything on the dial was shifted 30 degrees to the right. The rectangle of the original Tank became a diamond, with the 12 placed in the upper right-hand corner of the case and the 6 opposite. Instead of Roman numerals, Arabic numerals – and only the even digits – appeared, all separated by indexes. The torsion effect was such that a specific strap needed to be developed for the watch. In addition, certain models saw the axis of symmetry in the centre of the watch replaced by a special insert. This detail, which had nothing to do with aesthetics, was unique to the watch, making it highly rare today.

Cartier Tank Asymetrique
Cartier Tank Asymetrique

The new Tank Asymétrique

With its two horizontal shafts connected by two oblique ones, and its numerals off-set by 30° to the right, the presence of this new Tank Asymétrique on the wrist is striking.

Cartier Tank Asymetrique

In its refined volume, Cartier watchmakers have included the Manufacture 1917 MC movement, a noble movement due to the beauty of the manual winding gesture.

Cartier Tank Asymetrique

On the dial, the Arabic numerals and their separating indexes have been completely redesigned.Cartier Tank Asymetrique

The watch is available in pink gold with a grey dial and strap, in yellow gold with a champagne dial and brown strap, and in platinum with a silver-coloured dial, ruby cabochon and grey strap.Cartier Tank Asymetrique

The made-to-measure straps are fitted with an ardillon buckle. Each aesthetic comes in a limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.

Cartier Tank Asymétrique 9623 MC Skeleton Movement

Cartier Tank Asymétrique 9623 MC Skeleton Movement

On the Tank Asymétrique skeleton watch, the 9623 MC skeleton movement appears at the centre of a bare structure, punctuated by the 12 and the 6.Cartier Tank Asymétrique 9623 MC Skeleton Movement

The integration of this specially developed calibre within an asymmetric watch fulfils the mission of the Cartier Privé collection: to apply technology to the service of design.Cartier Tank Asymétrique 9623 MC Skeleton Movement

The movement, articulated on these two Roman numerals and the indexes, becomes the window to a surprising case.

Cartier Tank Asymétrique 9623 MC Skeleton Movement

The watch comes in pink gold on a brown or grey strap, in platinum on a blue or black strap, and in a gem-set platinum version on a black or glossy blue strap. Made to measure, these straps are fitted with an ardillon buckle, a rare option in Fine Watchmaking. An elegant and unique watch, created in a limited series of 100 numbered pieces for each aesthetic.

Cartier Tank Asymétrique 9623 MC Skeleton Movement

Cartier Tank Asymetrique Technical Specification

MANUFACTURE MECHANICAL MOVEMENT WITH MANUAL WINDING 1917 MC

Encasing diameter: 7 lines 1/4 x 5 lines 3/4
Total dimensions: 16 x 12.95 mm
Thickness: 2.9 mm
Number of jewels: 19
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 38 hours

 

Cartier Tank Asymetrique WGTA0042
Tank Asymetrique WGTA0042

TANK ASYMÉTRIQUE WATCH WGTA0042

Extra-large model, 47.15 x 26.2 mm,
thickness: 6.38 mm
Platinum
Crown set with a ruby cabochon
Grey alligator leather strap
Limited and numbered edition of 100 pieces

 

Cartier Tank Asymetrique WGTA0043
Tank Asymetrique WGTA0043

TANK ASYMÉTRIQUE WATCH WGTA0043

Extra-large model, 47.15 x 26.2 mm,
thickness: 6.38 mm
18K pink gold
Crown set with a sapphire cabochon
Grey alligator leather strap
Limited and numbered edition of 100 pieces

 

Cartier Tank Asymetrique WGTA0044
Tank Asymetrique WGTA0044

TANK ASYMÉTRIQUE WATCH WGTA0044

Extra-large model, 47.15 x 26.2 mm,
thickness: 6.38 mm
18K yellow gold
Crown set with a sapphire cabochon
Brown alligator leather strap
Limited and numbered edition of 100 pieces

 

MANUFACTURE MECHANICAL MOVEMENT WITH MANUAL WINDING 9623 MC, SKELETON

Encasing diameter: 9 lines 1/2 x 14 lines 1/4
Total dimensions: 32 x 21.1 mm
Thickness: 4.2 mm
Number of jewels: 22
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 48 hours

 

Cartier Tank Asymetrique HPI01370
Tank Asymetrique HPI01370

TANK ASYMÉTRIQUE WATCH HPI01370

Extra-large model, 47,15 x 26.2 mm, thickness: 7.82 mm
Platinum
Crown set with a brilliant-cut diamond (0.12 ct)
Case and buckle set with
250 brilliant-cut diamonds (2.08 cts)
Blue and black alligator leather straps
Limited and numbered edition of 100 pieces

 

Cartier Tank Asymetrique WHTA0012
Tank Asymetrique WHTA0012

TANK ASYMÉTRIQUE WATCH WHTA0012

Extra-large model, 47,15 x 26.2 mm, thickness: 7.82 mm
Platinum
Crown set with a sapphire cabochon
Blue and black alligator leather straps
Limited and numbered edition of 100 pieces

 

Cartier Tank Asymetrique WHTA0011
Tank Asymetrique WHTA0011

TANK ASYMÉTRIQUE WATCH WHTA0011

Extra-large model, 47,15 x 26.2 mm, thickness: 7.82 mm
18K pink gold
Crown set with a sapphire cabochon
Grey and brown alligator leather straps
Limited and numbered edition of 100 pieces

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