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Part of the Collection Privée Cartier Paris, this Cartier Tank à Guichets is an intriguing piece that features a closed-off dial with a digital display and jumping hours. Rendered in rose gold, it is part of a limited series of 100 pieces.
Introduced in 2004, as part of the Collection Privée Cartier Paris, this Cartier Tank à Guichets is testament to Cartier’s inventive spirit, with the original design repurposing the brand’s core design principles to create a daring new aesthetic. The piece was based on the original Tank à Guichets from 1928, which was worn by luminaries such as Duke Ellington and Gary Cooper and has spawned various iterations since.
Much in the same way that the Crash reimagined the classic Cartier case, the design of the Tank à Guichets is similarly intriguing. With this piece, while it retains Cartier’s signature tank-shaped case, we see that the dial is completely closed off and features a digital display with jumping hours. Despite its simple layout, the piece remains one of the most singular designs that Cartier has ever created.
This rose-gold Cartier Tank à Guichets is part of a limited series of 100 pieces and was produced in fewer numbers than an earlier platinum version, which was limited to 150 pieces. The piece also has slightly larger proportions compared with the 1928 version, in keeping with its modern aesthetics.
Powered by the calibre 9752 MC, which was based on a Piaget ébauche, the movement is particularly complex thanks to the great precision and energy needed for the hour disc to “jump” suddenly when the hour changes, which makes it a subtle but powerful complication.
CPCP Tank à Guichets
Calibre 9752 MC
22mm x 30mm
ACM's strap - Brown textured calf strap, Cartier black alligator strap, rose gold Cartier deployant buckle.
Box & accessories:
This Cartier Tank à Guichets is in very good overall condition throughout. Superficial marks can be found on the front portion of the watch (above the hour window and to the left of the crown), left side of the case and on the caseback. These marks are on the very surface of the material. The hallmarks and engravings on the caseback are crisp and well defined, showing no previous signs of polishing. The case screw heads are all matching in terms of colour and appear unblemished.
The watch comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man, alongside a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
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So, what did the Collection Privée Cartier Paris stand for? Digging into its rich archives, the jeweller recreated some of its most iconic pieces, many of which had been ignored for several decades.
This spanned from their more classic designs – such as the Tank or Santos – to more obscure ones, such as their Tank Monopoussoir Chronograph, which was first produced as a unique piece in 1935. Due to the prolific output of the early Cartier workshops, there was plenty to build on for the collection.
There’s no exact figure for how many different models were produced, but we were able to find at least eight different executions of the Tortue, which gives you a sense how many different expressions were imagined.
Many of the designs that were called-upon by Cartier were also given a subtly more modern touch. The Tortue Monopoussoir was released with a range of different dial configurations, including a distinctively more contemporary one, with blue accents, oversized numerals and an unusual placement of the Cartier signature. Some of these watches were also scaled up, in order to match the tastes of consumers of the time. For example, when the Cloche was recreated in 2006, it was about 15% larger than the original from 1922.
Beyond its dedication to recreating iconic designs, the Collection Privée also displayed a renewed focus on what lay behind the caseback. Having long relied on quartz technology sourced externally, Cartier did not possess the watchmaking know-how or facilities to create high-quality movements. As such, they relied on a range of specialised manufacturers, who supplied the French jeweller with manual-winding, time-only calibres, whilst also helping them develop a range of complications, from jump hours to monopusher chronographs. Though the idea of in-house watchmaking has gained traction in recent times, relying on external suppliers has long been the favoured approach for those looking for high-quality movements. Until recently, even Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin still used a Lemania 2310 base for their chronographs.