By now, most are familiar with the name Cartier in jewellery & watch circles but rarely has Cartier been the go to Brand for “real” watches instead offering a more design led & female focused collection. Aside from the Collection Prive pieces, which were usually Boutique only, recent innovations have led to small complication pieces being delivered in precious metal only.
The Tank MC from Cartier is the first incarnation of their in-house 1904 MC-PS calibre within the Tank family – easily their most iconic line & arguably the collection most synonymous with Cartier. A further point to note is the sensible price point at which these models have been delivered – the steel automatic versions retail at £4,750.00 & the steel chronograph arrives at £7,100.00 – comparatively speaking; excellent value for money.
We have specifically chosen to focus on the steel models here as they are a great example of Cartier working to their strengths. The curvature of the case allows the case to sit very well on the wrist & the clasp is ergonomically considered to not prove too noticeable once closed.
The automatic model is delivered in two dial variants – silver & black, both with Roman Numerals & Cartier’s secret signature. The dial is finished with a flinqué effect further embellished by the slightly depressed sub dial visible across all the models incorporating this excellent calibre; namely the Calibre de Cartier & Calibre Diver.
The chronograph models offer the silver dial as expected but also a stunning grey dial as pictured above. This option definitely requires a hands on visit but in our opinion, is a lovely addition to an otherwise very safely delivered collection.
In 2014, Cartier will begin to offer mid complication pieces in their regular line up but the Calibre de Cartier collection & now the Tank MC have helped to build a foundation solidifying Cartier’s progress in this incredibly competitive field. Their Jewellery is without question amongst the finest in the world but there seems a genuine move towards regaining their rightful place amongst the haute horology Brands for whom Cartier laid the blueprint for international recognition.
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