It’s all you love about the Tank Américaine, and more.
The Cartier Tank is an icon, one that has endured the test of time for more than a century. And its original silhouette has inspired variations that became classics of their own. The Tank Américaine, for one, is a modern take that lies in that sweet spot between the casual and the formal, making it versatile for everyday wear.
Introduced in 1988, the Américaine embodies the aesthetic codes of the Tank family, and while its curves might be reminiscent of the 1921 Cintrée, it blazed the trail for its unique characteristics – the compact, curved rectangular case with a flatter back and more rounded brancards.
Building on all that’s loved about the Tank Américaine, Cartier has refined this modern classic to make its profile slimmer, its curves more refined, and the integration of the brancards into the extension of the strap even more seamless than before.
The transformation is subtle but substantial – the Américaine’s dial continues to embrace the wrist, but in a slimmer form, facilitating the ease of movement. There is still the ever so slight but significant contrast of brushed and shiny surfaces, with the small and mini versions sporting the familiar sunray finish, while the two large models have a vertical, satin brushed finish seen on more recent dial treatments at the Maison.
A total of 11 renewed models are in the lineup. Size-wise, there are 5 mini models and 4 small models, each running on quartz movement, and available in steel, rose gold or white gold, with or without diamonds. You would expect the alligator leather strap, and an option for a bracelet in the gold versions. Notably, the metal bracelets are specially designed for the Américaine, its links with polished facets reflecting light at all the right angles. The two large models, paired with alligator straps, are equipped with the new Manufacture 1899 MC, a self-winding mechanical movement for slimmer cases.
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