Cartier Tank Louis 4369, Limited Edition of 50 pieces for Japan, Yellow Gold

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This is one of 50 examples of a Japan-only edition of the Tank Louis Cartier large model, in yellow gold. It features an intriguing lacquer finish green dial, with a geometric sector pattern inspired by Must de Cartier watches from the 1980s. Powered by a manual wind calibre, it comes with a full set of box and paperwork.

Cartier Tank

The origin of the Cartier Tank design is a well-known and often-told tale. Louis Cartier saw the new Renault tanks that were dominating the front line of the First World War and their symmetrical shape struck a chord. The result was the launch of a unique case shape that has become synonymous with the brand, having since been reimagined and adapted many times over.

"Cartier had a great interest in making jewelled objects: Louis Cartier’s idea was to make a jewel into a utilitarian object and a utilitarian object into a jewel. And he succeeded very well, you know, the jewelled clocks he made were exceptional. These are indeed jewels, that happen to tell the time."