MADE CIRCA: 1940
MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold
MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical
CASE DIAMETER: 23mm
Inspired by the flourishing cubist and modernist movements that had been swept into a fever by the fashions and intrigue of the latest modern war machines, the Cartier Tank owns its clean, robust design to the new Renault tanks travelling to the Western Front by American soldiers during World War 1.
Louis Cartier was so taken by their commanding presence and powerful, modern silhouette that he chose to create a wristwatch based upon it. This timepiece was presented to American General, John J. Pershing. The design was so successful that it didn’t take long to be produced for the general public and thus, the Cartier Tank was born.
The Cartier Tank L.C. (standing for Louis Cartier) was first produced in 1922 as a homage to the founder of the company. Its curved edges broke away from the cubist forms that the company had established in its earlier Tank creations.
- Winston Churchill, in his first address as Prime Minister of England, tells the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, "I have nothing to offer you but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."
- Charlie Chaplin releases his wartime satirical political comedy-drama film The Great Dictator.
- Olympic Games, assigned to Tokyo, Japan, and later to Helsinki, Finland, are suspended due to WWII.