Cartier Tank MC Two-Tone Skeleton Watch

Cartier Tank MC Two-Tone Skeleton - frontAmong its many new offerings at January’s SIHH watch salon, Cartier debuted a new, skeletonized version of its iconic Cartier Tank watch. The Cartier Tank MC Two-Tone Skeleton watch showcases a two-tone finish on its openworked movement, Cartier’s in-house Caliber 9619 MC.

The movement in this new Cartier Tank watch — like the openworked Caliber 9614 used in a skeleton version of another popular Cartier men’s watch, the Santos-Dumont Skeleton — is notable for the large Roman numerals (specifically the “III,” “VI,” “IX” and “XII”) formed by the bridges of the movement. For this watch, the movement underwent a two-tone color treatment in which the gray surfaces of the bridges are accented by a layer of fine gold, which matches that of the case, applied at the angles. The effect highlights the traditional hand-chamfering applied to these components, while the negative space of the cut-out areas of Caliber 9619 provide another layer of contrast.

The manual-winding Cartier Caliber 9619 measures 28.6 x 28.6 mm and is composed of 138 parts, including 20 jewels. It has a frequency of 28,800 vph and a power reserve of approximately three days.

The Cartier Tank MC Two-Tone Skeleton watch, priced at $56,000, has a rose-gold case measuring 34.5 x 43.8 mm, with sapphire crystals in the front and back. The rose-gold crown is set with a faceted blue sapphire. The sword-shaped hour and minute hands are in gold-colored steel. The watch is water-resistant to 30 meters and comes on a brown alligator strap with a double-adjustable folding buckle in rose gold. (Click on each photo to enlarge the image.)


Cartier Tank MC Two-Tone Skeleton - front

Cartier Tank MC Two-Tone Skeleton - angle

Cartier Tank MC Two-Tone Skeleton - back

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