Cartier's Tank watch

With today’s post, we start a new series on MLDC… famous watch models that all aspiring time piece connoisseurs should know.

The Cartier Tank watch is an iconic piece of men’s horology. It flies completely in the face of today’s trend of “the bigger and flashier the better”. On the contrary the Tank is sleek and subtle, and most notably INCREDIBLY thin. Men should always consider their wrist size before buying a watch, and for those of you with smaller wrists please don’t go buying a 44mm Breitling. The Tank would be perfect for you. No, this isn’t the kind of watch that will turn heads but with its iconic rectangular face and roman numerals. With your fellow watch connoisseurs you’ll earn some serious cred.

The Tank is perfect for the most formal of occasions. It’ll go great with any suit or tuxedo, however don’t underestimate its daily use in even casual wear. Again it’s all about subtlety when it comes to the Tank. If you’re wearing a simple casual outfit the Tank will still work great.

And now for a history lesson! From Cartier’s web site:

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 introduced into the market in 1919. The lugs blend seamlessly into the bare edges of the flat vertical brancards, giving the watch its unique aesthetic. The clean, crisp lines have proved hugely popular with a free-spirited, elegant clientele  The now-iconic Tank watch has inspired countless variations, yet managed to preserve its distinctive identity.

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