This legendary watch – worn by famous names from Gary Cooper to Catherine Deneuve, Princess Diana to Mohammed Ali, Andy Warhol to Madonna — was designed by Louis Cartier in 1917. He had seen press pictures of the first Army tanks. Their metal tracks inspired the watch's principal feature: its lateral brancards, or the vertical sides. This time, with a perfect simplicity that Cartier liked, the lugs and case formed a straight line. One of the very first examples was presented to General Pershing in 1918, and the watch went on sale in the following year. The design principle of the Tank lent itself to a host of variants. Each variant becoming an emblematic style for its time: the Cintrée, the Basculante, the Chinoise, the Américaine, the Française, the Anglaise...

TANK WRISTWATCH

CARTIER PARIS, 1920

Platinum, yellow gold, one sapphire cabochon, leather strap. 

Round LeCoultre calibre 119 movement, Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated, 8 adjustments, 19 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring. 

This particularly rare timepiece is one of the very first Tank created by Cartier.

2.95 x 2.30 cm (case

TANK CINTRÉE WRISTWATCH

CARTIER PARIS, 1924

Platinum, yellow gold, one sapphire cabochon, leather strap. 

Round LeCoultre calibre 123 movement, Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated, 8 adjustments, 18 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring.

4.63 x 2.30 cm (case)

TANK L.C. WRISTWATCH

CARTIER PARIS, 1925

Platinum, one sapphire cabochon, leather strap. 

Round movement, Côtes de Genève decoration, 8 adjustments, 19 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, flat balance spring. 

This particularly rare timepiece is one of the first Tank L. C. (Louis Cartier) models, a version of the Tank wristwatch created in 1922.

3.02 x 2.34 cm (case)

TANK CHINOISE WRISTWATCH

CARTIER PARIS, 1929

Yellow gold, one sapphire cabochon, leather strap.

Originally with a LeCoultre calibre 119 from 1929, gold-plated, 8 adjustments, 18 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, flat balance spring.

3.10 x 2.45 cm (case)

TANK FRANÇAISE WRISTWATCH (SMALL MODEL)

CARTIER PARIS, 1995

Pink gold, yellow gold, sapphire cabochon. Water-resistant to 30 metres. 

Tonneau-shaped movement, quartz, Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-finish, 4 rubies.

2.5 x 2.0 cm (case)