Tank Louis Cartier watch, XL, Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding Calibre 9753 MC, case in 18K pink gold, beaded crown in 18K pink gold set with a sapphire cabochon, silvered flinqué dial with sunray effect, Roman numerals, sword-shaped hands in blued steel, mineral crystal, strap in semi-matt brown alligator skin with adjustable folding buckle in 18K pink gold, calendar aperture at 12 o'clock, power-reserve disc at 6 o'clock, sapphire case back. Case dimensions: 39.2 mm x 30 mm, 8.3 mm thick. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 metres/100 feet).
Louis Cartier created the Tank watch in 1917. A legend was born. The first prototype was presented as a gift to General Pershing some years before the watch was brought to market in 1919. The lugs blend seamlessly into the stark edges of flat vertical brancards, lending the watch its unique aesthetic. The clean, crisp lines have proved hugely popular with a free-spirited, elegant clientèle. The now-iconic Tank watch has inspired countless variations yet managed to preserve its distinctive identity.