The Cartier Privé collection highlights the design of the Maison’s legendary watches. Since 2015, Cartier Privé has been releasing variations in limited and numbered series. After introducing the reinterpretations of the Crash watch, the Tank Cintrée and the Tonneau watch, Cartier watchmaking design studio now welcomes the new Tank Asymétrique watch to enter this exclusive watch collection.
The Tank Asymétrique Watch
The Tank was Louis Cartier’s bright idea to give a watch the shape of a rectangle in 1917, at a time when timepieces were round. From 1917 to 1936, it saw multiple incarnations.
When it appeared in 1936, the Tank Asymétrique watch – also known at the time as the Parallélogramme or Losange – marked a break with tradition: unlike any other watch, it questioned the established order of things.
Everything on the dial was shifted 30 degrees to the right. The rectangle of the original Tank became a diamond, with the 12 placed in the upper right-hand corner of the case and the 6 opposite. Instead of Roman numerals, Arabic numerals – and only the even digits – appeared, all separated by indexes.
The torsion effect was such that a specific strap needed to be developed for the watch. In addition, certain models saw the axis of symmetry in the centre of the watch replaced by a special insert. This detail, which had nothing to do with aesthetics, was unique to the watch, making it highly rare today.
The New Tank Asymétrique Watch
With its two horizontal shafts connected by two oblique ones, and its numerals off-set by 30° to the right, the presence of this new Tank Asymétrique on the wrist is striking. In its refined volume, Cartier watchmakers have included the Manufacture 1917 MC movement, a noble movement due to the beauty of the manual winding gesture.
On the dial, the Arabic numerals and their separating indexes have been completely redesigned. The watch is available in pink gold with a grey dial and strap, in yellow gold with a champagne dial and brown strap, and in platinum with a silver-coloured dial, ruby cabochon and grey strap.
The made-to-measure straps are fitted with an ardillon buckle. Each version comes in a limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.
Manual Winding 1917 MC
Manufacture Mechanical Movement
Encasing diameter: 7 lines 1/4 x 5 lines 3/4
Total dimensions: 16 x 12.95 mm
Thickness: 2.9 mm
Number of jewels: 19
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 38 hours
The New Tank Asymétrique Skeleton Watch
The Tank Asymétrique skeleton watch houses the specially developed calibre 9623 MC skeleton movement, which appears at the centre of a bare structure, punctuated by the 12 and the 6.
The movement, articulated on these two Roman numerals and the indexes, becomes the window to a surprising case. The watch comes in pink 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. Production is restricted to a limited series of 100 numbered pieces for each aesthetic.
Manual winding 9623 MC, skeleton
Manufacture mechanical movement
Encasing diameter: 9 lines 1/2 x 14 lines 1/4
Total dimensions: 32 x 21.1 mm
Thickness: 4.2 mm
Number of jewels: 22
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 48 hours