The Cartier Privé collection assembles watches of a special kind: here, the Maison highlights the design of the most legendary of its own creations. The Privé watches are not new, but classic models new interpreted; since 2015, Cartier Privé has been releasing variations in limited and numbered series. The Crash, Tank Cintrée and Tonneau were among the first watches reinterpeted by the Maison. And now the Tank Asymétrique. Let’s take a look.
The Tank was originally created in 1917, and with its rectangular shape it was a groundbreaking watch, a revolutionary idea. Until 1936, Cartier launched various versions of the model and then the Tank Asymétrique was introduced. This watch was also known as the “Parallélogramme” or “Losange” and represented a clear break with tradition. Never before had existed a watch like that.
The defining characteristic of the Tank Asymétrie is its asymmetrical shift of 30°. This means that the original rectangular shape of the Tank corresponds to that of a rhomus – with the number 12 at the upper right and the number 6 at the lower left angle of the case. Cartier has also decided to use straight Arabic numerals here instead of the typical Roman ones.
The new Tank Asymétrie is no less striking than its predecessor, with its two horizontal shafts connected by two oblique ones, and its numerals off-est by 30° to the right. The case of the newcomer has been kept a little smaller and Cartier has also redesigned the Arabic numerals and their separating indexes.
The Maison offers three different versions of the new Tank Asymétrie: pink gold with a grey dial and strap, yellow gold with a champagne dial and brown strap, and platinum with a silver-coloured dial, ruby cabochon and grey strap. They are all powered by a Manufacture Movement, the mechanical Calibre 1917 MC.
Each Cartier Privé Tank Asymétrie is a limited edition of 100 pieces.
In addition to these three versions, Cartier also offers a skeletonized Tank Asymétrie. It showcases the new 9623 MC skeleton movement at the centre of the bare structure with accents at the numbers 12 and 6. The integration of this specially developed claibre within an asymmetric watch fulfils the mission of the Cartier Privé collection: to apply technology to the service of design.
The skeleton watch comes in red gold on a brown or grey strap, in platinum on a blue or black strap, and in a gem-set platinum version on a black or glossy blue strap. Made to measure, these straps are fitted with an ardillon buckle, a rare option in Fine Watchmaking. A watch created in a limited series of 100 numbered pieces for each aesthetic.