With its attachments incorporated into the case in alignment with the strap, the Tank watch created in 1917 is part of Cartier's heritage of shaped watches, timeless yet ahead of its time and classic.

Transparency, meanwhile, has been an integral part of the Maison's style for decades, from the first mystery clocks created in 1912 to the skeletonised movements of the 1930s and the most recent Fine Watchmaking creations.

The skeletonisation of the Tank Louis Cartier Sapphire Skeleton watch introduces new creative horizons with an innovative movement that possesses a transparent plate partially created from sapphire crystal. This clear material, commonly used for the crystal in watch cases, is here diverted from its usual purpose and is the subject of a pending patent.

 

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Montre Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton. © Cartier

 

Taken back to the very essence of its function, the manual winding calibre 9616 MC is made up of adjoining circles of metal that appear to be suspended and trace the shape of the movement. A circular bridge gives structure to the circles and the harmony of the Tank Louis Cartier Sapphire Skeleton watch.

The mouvement is housed in a 18-carat white gold 30 mm x 39.2 mm case, waterresistant to 30m, and equipped with sapphire crystal and case-back. The crown, beaded in 18-carat white gold, is set with a blue sapphire cabochon.
The watch is fitted with a black alligator-skin strap.

 

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The transparent plate of calibre 9616 MC is partially created from sapphire crystal. © Cartier