Every year Cartier presents an exclusive collector’s edition in the Cartier Privé. This line comprises of legendary watches of the Maison, available exclusively as limited editions. They combine the tradition of Cartier’s watchmaking art with the brand’s contemporary design language. Following the Crash, the Tank Cintrée, the Tonneau, the Tank Asymétrique and the Cloche de Cartier, the Tank Chinoise is the sixth watch to join the Cartier Privé collection.
The distinctive Tank was designed by Louis Cartier in 1917 and launched two years later. The Tank Chinoise came out in 1922 as a testament to Louis Cartier’s recognition of the importance of diversity and its influences on the art of watchmaking. The aesthetics of the Tank Chinoise are a tribute to ancient Chinese temples. Cartier implemented the geometric shape of their porticoes in the Tank Chinoise as overlapping horizontal and vertical side bars. The star of the show is a skeletonized movement, a signature complication of the Maison, here fitted into a gold case.
Reflecting Chinese craftsmanship, the blue and red lacquered watch faces feature a stunning depth effect. The skeletonized 9627 MC movement was developed by Cartier specifically for the Tank Chinoise.
In addition to this stunning version, the hour-and-minute watch is also available in a simpler but equally elegant version in platinum, yellow or rose gold. Here too, the angular cases (39.49 x 29.2 x 6.09 mm) are distinguished by beveled horizontal side bars. They boast the hand-wound manufacture caliber 430 MC. All three models are limited to 150 pieces each. Prices are not available as of yet.
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