A Watch That’s Shape-Shifted Its Way Across a Century

First of Its Kind, Last of Its Kind

A Watch That’s Shape-Shifted Its Way Across a Century

The Cartier Tank, already a departure from more traditional round watches when it was first introduced in the 1930s, gets another playful update.

Feb. 19, 2021

When Cartier began making wristwatches in 1904, the Parisian house approached the precise craft the same way it had fine jewelry design 57 years earlier, with an eye toward bold, uniquely geometric designs. After introducing the perfectly square Santos face and the elliptical Baignoire, Louis Cartier sketched the prototype for the Tank watch, reminiscent of the boxy Renault FT-17s that crawled the battlefields of Europe during the First World War.

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