One of the most elegant iterations of the Cartier is back for 2018 with three distinct casing options, as well as dial colors. It’s with grace and as a pleasant surprise that we are re-introduced to the “Cartier Tank Cintrée” at SIHH 2018.


image courtesy of: Cartier

A chief executive had already announced that Cartier would be focusing on some of their most classic designs for 2018. They had already brought back their historic “Panthère de Cartier” in a grandiose way, with an extended array of varied options during 2017. The range of choices went from two-tone, to one-tone, to diamond packed, to even some “panther-spotted” models. You can catch a glimpse and more information on that relaunch in this article here.


Cartier Panthere relaunch of 2017 * Image courtesy of: Cartier

But, despite these intentions we didn’t expect to see a new “Cintrée” offering. Along the years among the various variations we’ve grown to know based on the “Tank” model, the Cintrée has tended to always be issued in limited edition runs. It is similar to the “Tank Americaine” but differs by having a thinner waist and slightly more compact height at 47mm. We currently have many iterations of the “Cartier Tank” in stock at EiT, which you can also browse here.


Cartier 27mm Tank Americaine (Ref#: W2601156)

The 46.3mm rectangular case is available in either: 18k rose gold, yellow gold or platinum, all with a solid case back. These dimensions are the same as the largest version ever produced for this model. The “Cintrée” was original released in 1921 and can be traced back as one of the earliest variations on the original “Tank”.


Cartier Tank Cintree 18K gold (Ref#: 4176) circa 1930s * Image courtesy of (©

“Cintrée” translates to “curved Tank” and reasonable so, since it’s case is gently arched. A design that proves to wear very well on the wrist with a flattering fit. The setting crown on these Cartier feature the traditional blue cabochon, except for the platinum model which has been fitted with a red cabochon. So, Cartier has kept its attention to detail intact, since their platinum models tend to include incarnadine rubies.


Cartier Tank Cintrée Platinum version with red cabochon * Image courtesy of: Cartier

Time is exhibited on either a: black (pink gold), champagne (yellow gold) or grey (platinum) color tone, all with hour index markers and the Arabic numerals 6 and 12, with a rectangular rail-road motif minute index grid, towards the center of the dial. Instead of the typical guilloché finish, Cartier opted for a smooth radial brushed finish.


Also each version has its own subtle nuances playing to its favor. Such as the brown index markers and numerals on the champagne dial, while the black dial went with white and the gray dial with silver toned nuances. The tank model actually celebrated its 100th birthday last year with a collection of special Tanks, which included a skeletonized “Cintrée” (Ref#: WHTA0009).

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Cartier Cintrée Skeletonized (Ref#: WHTA0009) * Images courtesy of: Cartier

Cartier Tank Cintrée

The “Cartier Tank Cintrée” (Ref#: N/A) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 8971 MC with 18 jewels, 93 components and 21,600 Vph. This is the same movement found in some of the 100th anniversary Tank watches and is actually based on the the Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 846 with some retrofitting. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound.


Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 846 is the bases behind the caliber 8971 MC * Image courtesy of: JLC

Mounted to the watches is a grey or brown alligator strap depending on the choosen version, while they are all secured to the wrist by an ardillon pin buckle, made to match the case material of each option. The platinum model will be a limited edition of only 100 manufactured timepieces. These watches will become available towards November or December of 2018. For more up to date information visit the official Cartier website here.


MSRP: $20,400.00 USD (iN 18k pink or yellow gold) & $23,500.00 USD (iN platinum)

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Written by Mauro Az