Getting ready for SIHH 2009, Cartier
is doing everything in their power not to share Bvlgari's fate this year of losses due to the falling luxury marketing as a result of the poor economy. Instead of too much experimentation, Cartier is refining and adding to its classic lines. The Tank is a typical Cartier icon, with an beautiful iteration here fitted with a flying tourbillon.
The Tank Americaine Tourbillon Volant (another name for flying tourbillon) goes back the original (well the most popular at least historically) squared luxury watches. Dial engravings are common of today's upper echelon of Cartier fare, with a beautiful case design almost as nice the Emperador watch from Piaget. The difference being the intensity of the lugs as they connect to the sides of the case sandwiching the dial.
Take a look at the beautifully large crown with equally impressive sapphire crystal cabochon. Operating it lets you feel the smooth, manually wound mechanical Cartier caliber 9452MC with flying tourbillon complication and Geneva Seal. Power reserve is 50 hours. Going along with the the style of today, the Tank Americaine is aptly large at 52mm tall and 36mm wide. The case is 18k rose gold, and the hands, as always, are heat-blued and lovely. A bold follow up to a Cartier classic.
Ariel Adams publishes the watch review site aBlogtoRead.com