Comme des Garçons Aoyama presents a rare cache of vintage Cartier Tank designs

Monday, May 21 2018

Comme des Garçons Aoyama presents a rare cache of vintage Cartier Tank designs

Comme des Garçons Aoyama presents a rare cache of vintage Cartier Tank designs Comme des Garçons Aoyama presents a rare cache of vintage Cartier Tank designs Watches & jewellery / 21 May 2018 / By Laura Hawkins
Cartier created the Tank watch in 1917 and launched it in 1919. Since then this classic design – inspired by a top-view sketch of an armoured First World War Renault tank – has undergone a century of iterations and enticed a host of acolytes, from army generals to Andy Warhol, Ingrid Bergman and Norman Foster. The architect puts the enduring relevance of the Tank design into sharp relief: ‘Try to imagine the impact of the Tank watch at the time of its birth – the geometry of the strap, case, dace and graphics are as absolute as the grid of a city block and the boulevards that extend beyond it. Imagine the shock and impact of this design when timepieces were dominated by the circle.’ Now, vintage-Cartier specialist Harry Fane, whose London gallery Obsidian is internationally renowned for its exclusive collection of the French’s maison’s designs, has joined forces with Comme des Garçons Aoyama , Japan to present the most expansive vintage-Cartier Tank collection available for sale in any one place. The exhibition is on view at Comme des Garçons Aoyama until 10 June.
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Cartier Tank Cintrée (1947-1948) in 18-ct yellow gold, with leather strap and European Watch and Clock Co. Inc mechanical movement‘The Cintrées are the Kings of Cartier Tank watches. This one has Arabic numerals which I love. It's a rare anomaly, as Cartier designs are typified by Roman numerals.' – Harry Fane
Cartier Tank Chinoise (1926) in 18-ct yellow, with leather strap and Jaeger-LeCoultre' mechanical movement‘A very rare find, and a super-subtle variation on the classic Tank shape. The crossbar design was apparently influenced by Chinese Chippendale furniture. No other Tank cases were adapted to incorporate a new design feature.' – HF
Cartier Tank LC (1959) in 18-ct yellow gold, with leather strap, with Cartier mechanical movement 'This design represents the classic Cartier watch.' – HF
Cartier Tank Normale (1929) in 18-ct yellow gold, with leather strap and European Watch and Clock Co. Inc mechanical movement 'What an excellent example of this elegant classic...and perfectly preserved.' – HF
Cartier Tank Allongée (c.1940) in 18-ct yellow gold, with leather strap and Jaeger-LeCoultre mechanical movement 'Here, Cartier has stretched the case to make a larger version of the classic Tank. The Tank Allongée is a supremely elegant and rare design. Note the tapered "eagle beak" lugs – a clever design feature that makes the watch seemingly grip the wrist.' – HF