Tank LC Skeleton Sapphire watch, 30 mm x 39.2 mm, Manufacture mechanical movement with self-winding, calibre 9616 MC. Case in 18K white gold, beaded crown in 18K white gold set with a blue sapphire cabochon, sword-shaped hands in blued steel. Strap in black alligator skin, double adjustable folding buckle in 18K white gold. Complication with skeleton hours, minutes and small seconds. Individually numbered movement containing 159 parts including 21 jewels. Total dimensions of the movement: 26 mm, x 26.3 mm, thickness: 3.6 mm, balance: 28,800 vibrations/hour, power reserve approx. 3 days. Sapphire crystal and case back. Case thickness: 7.45 mm. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 metres).
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.