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Cartier Tank Louis 'Reverso' - Paris Signed

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Straight Facts

Inspired by the Renault Tanks used on the battlefield in WWI - yes, thats a true story - the Cartier Tank Louis is one of the worlds most iconic watch designs - and has spawned many variants.

One such variant - dating from the 1930s - is the Cabriolet Reversible, later known as the Basculante. This was an early Cartier attempt at the ‘Reverso’ style watch cases that were being made by Jaeger LeCoultre at the time. Ironic, considering that Jaeger provided the early Cartiers with their watch movements courtesy of a sub-brand called European Watch & Clock Co.

Eventually, Cartier revisited the reversible watch case with a full-on Cartier Reverso in the 1960s - of which this particular watch hails. French actor Alain Delon famously owned of these pieces, which were all sold by the French arm of Cartier, and why they are all stamped ‘Paris’ on the dial. Aesthetically speaking, this Cartier marries the elegance of the Tank, with the inventiveness of Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso in a two-for-one style play that is hard to beat.

*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.

18K Yellow Gold 1969 Manual Dress

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