Cartier
Tank à Vis | platinum

Collection Privée Cartier Paris

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Cartier
Tank à Vis | platinum

Collection Privée Cartier Paris

Regular price


This Tank à Vis was produced as part of the Collection Privée Cartier Paris, which aimed to bring back some of the jeweller's most iconic designs, combined with high quality manual-winding movements. Inspired by a waterproof watch from 1931, it features a distinctive yet classic design, housed in a rare platinum case.  

The Collection Privée Cartier Paris

In the last decade of the 20th century, the industry was still recovering from the impact of the quartz crisis, with consumers just starting to redevelop an interest in mechanical watches. In the midst of this, Cartier aimed to reestablish its credibility as a true watchmaking manufacture. From 1998 to 2008, the Collection Privée Cartier Paris brought back some of the most iconic Cartier designs from the past century, from the Crash to the Tank Cintréecombined with high quality mechanical movements. In many cases, these distinctive designs hadn’t been produced for decades, speaking to the jeweller’s desire to place an increased focus on its heritage.

All the Collection Privée Cartier Paris - or CPCP for short - pieces housed high-quality mechanical movements, at a time when the jeweller was mostly associated with quartz. Not possessing the mechanical knowledge in-house, Cartier relied on a range of external suppliers, such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Frédéric Piguet, Piaget or THA Ébauche - a collaborative movement manufacture between Vianney Halter, Denis Flageollet and François-Paul Journe. All the movements were manual-winding, rather than automatic, emphasising the traditional nature of this project.

All the Collection Privée Cartier Paris watches feature small, distinctive details, intended to set them apart. With the exception of the Cintrée, all of them are signed “Cartier Paris” on the dial, a subtle nod to their vintage pieces. They also display a central rose motif just beneath the hands, which radiates into a classic guilloché. Even the subtle engravings on the caseback are reminiscent of what they used to do in the early 20th century. As for the manual-winding movements, these were finished in-house by Cartier, with their interlaced “double C” pattern appearing across the collection.

Despite the brand’s global reach at the time, the Collection Privée models were produced in small quantities, with many explicitly limited to 50, 100 or 150 pieces. As for those that weren’t marked as part of a numbered series, evidence suggests that production often remained between 200 to 500 pieces. Eventually, partially due to difficulties and delays in getting parts from their various suppliers, the CPCP program came to an end.

The Tank à Vis

When the wristwatch replaced the pocket watch, one of the first objectives was to make it waterproof. Despite being at a disadvantage because they produced rectangular watches, Cartier still tried to join in with this effort. Rumours suggest that the Pasha de Marrakesh wanted a wristwatch that he could wear whilst in the pool, which led to the development of the Tank Étanche in 1931. Thanks to its ingenious case design, tightly secured by screws, it was waterproof.

The Tank Étanche served as inspiration for the Tank à Vis, which was later introduced as part of the Collection Privée Cartier Paris. This later design features the same distinct bezel construction as the vintage inspiration, with Cartier also adding four visible screws on each corner. The Tank à Vis was available in time-only, wandering hours and dual time versions, across a range of precious metals.

A Classic Design

This time-only Tank à Vis represents the purest incarnation of the design. It is made out of platinum, which is the most rarely used metal across the Collection Privée Cartier Paris. The case follows the classic lines of the original Tank from 1917, which was inspired by the Renault tanks which Louis Cartier saw in use on the Western Front. The polished bezel features an arched shape, sloping down as it reaches the extremities of the case. It is secured in place by four screws on each corner, which give it a distinctive appearance, setting it apart from other designs.

The top portion of the lugs are also polished and gently slope towards, resulting in a rounded and elegant profile. The sides of the case are brushed, which also creates an interesting interplay of textures, with a sapphire cabochon bringing a touch of colour. The case measures 27mm by 31mm, with a lug to lug length of 39mm. This allows the watch to remain classic in appearance, whilst also being suited to contemporary tastes. At 8mm in thickness, it also manages to maintain some presence on the wrist and easily fits under the cuff of a shirt. As with all platinum pieces from the CPCP series, this Tank à Vis features a closed caseback, with a brushed finish.

As is to be expected, the dial is signed “Cartier Paris” at 12 o’clock, a nod to some pieces from the early 20th century, which had the city’s name inscribed below the brand. The dial is made out of 18 carat gold, featuring a central rose motif just beneath the hands, which radiates into a traditional guilloché. Evidence suggests that the inspiration for this central rose came from vintage Cartier clocks, which often featured the distinctive decoration. The rail track and Roman numerals are stamped directly onto the dial in black ink, whilst the blued steel hands are executed in a legible sword shape.

The Movement

This platinum Cartier Tank à Vis is powered by the Calibre 437MC, which is based on a Piaget ébauche. Piaget helped develop a range of calibres for the Collection Privée Cartier Collection, drawing on their mechanical expertise, notably in the field of ultra-thin movements. The manual winding nickel lever movement features 18 jewels and a mono-metallic balance.

The Set

It is accompanied by its its outer box, Cartier Paris Collection Privée red leather box, document holder, certificate and manual. It comes on one of our Tokyo grey grained leather straps, its black Cartier alligator strap and an 18-carat white gold deployant clasp.

Brand: Cartier
Model: Tank à Vis 2485 E
Movement: mechanical manual-winding calibre 437MC
Functions: hours, minutes
Features: guilloché dial, blued steel hands
Case: 27mm x 31mm x 8mm (39mm lug to lug)
Crystal: sapphire front
Bracelet: Tokyo grey grained leather strap, black Cartier alligator strap, white gold deployant clasp.
Year: 2008 (sold)
Box & papers: outer box, Cartier Paris Collection Privée red leather box, document holder, certificate, manual
This Cartier Tank à Vis is in very good condition, with a few signs of superficial wear found throughout the case. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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