So besides the fact that an in-house motion was becoming increasingly more important, Cartier realised very well that to be really reliable and successful in the sphere of high-end watches, they needed to produce not only their particular calibers, but also as many components as you can, like the instance, springs, rotors, dials, hands, glass etc.Cartier built, during the Collection Privée period, a huge — over 30.000 square meters — manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds (see our coverage here) and started to use a selected group of watchmakers on a follow up project to be launched in 2008, all headed by Carole Forestier-Kasapi, the genius watchmaker which has been hired in 2005 and had worked in Audemars Piguet (Renaud & Papi) and van Cleef & Arpels. This very modern and luxury manufacture is now with all the Rolex manufacture, the largest in Switzerland!The very first outcome of Cartier’s high-end watchmaking premiered in November 2007. A — by Carole Forestier-Kasapi — developed Flying Tourbillon quality was demonstrated to the media. Regrettably, the watch was set in a 47mm oversize Ballon Bleu case, after the large watch trend.Since the launch of the Flying Tourbillon, Cartier didn’t rest on their laurels. While other leading brands such as Audemars Piguet were carrying it quietly and pleasing the watch fanatics with ‘Offshore’ after ‘Offshore’, year in, year out, Cartier made over-hours and invented new materials, new calibers and amazed the press every January in the SIHH with real novelties. In 2009, and again in 2012, Cartier even invited over a hundred journalists from around the globe and flew them into La Chaux-de-Fonds, to present the ID-ONE and ID-TWO watch in their own manufacture. Two prototype watches that would never reach the market, but were created for study and — of course — to show the press how far ahead Cartier was in fine watchmaking.
Perhaps the most classic of Cartier Watches E Boutique Replica Tank variants, the Tank Louis Cartier was one of the very first Tank designs, conceived in 1922, just a few short years after the very first, the Tank Normale of 1917, which marks its 100th year in 2017.
The immediate past generation of the Tank Louis Cartier, or Tank LC for short, was available with a mechanical movement only in the largest XL size, while all the others were quartz. The 100th Anniversary models fix that.
Available in two sizes, the new Tank Louis Cartier is a smallish watch. The large model measure 25.5mm wide and 33.7mm long, with a case height of 6.6mm. And the small model is 22mm wide, 29.5mm long and 6.8mm high. The dials are classic Cartier – silvered, guilloche and fitted with blued steel hands.
Both the large and small models are equipped with the 8971 MC, a hand-wound movement that is actually a Jaeger-LeCoultre cal. 846. It’s a compact movement with a 36-hour power reserve that’s ellipse-shaped, best known for being used in rectangular Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso.
All models are available in 18k pink or white gold, with the option of diamonds set on the case brancards. The large movement without diamonds, arguably the only version that can pass for a men’s watch, is only available in pink gold.
Price and availability
The Tank Louis Cartier large model in 18k pink gold (ref. WGTA0011) is priced at US$12,400.
The large model in pink gold with diamonds (ref. WJTA0014) is US$21,000, while the same in white gold with diamonds (ref. WJTA0015) is US$22,500.
And the small model in pink gold (ref. WGTA0010) costs US$9900.
The small model in pink gold with diamonds (ref. WJTA0010) is US$16,700, while the same in white gold with diamonds (ref. WJTA0011) is US$17,900.
They are available from Cartier boutiques and retailers.