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Introducing – The Cartier Tank Cintrée Réédition, now in Platinum

The Cartier Tank is, without a doubt, amongst the most significant watches ever created by the French house. But there’s not just one Tank. There are multiple Tanks. When talking about the inaugural watch, born in 1917, we now refer to the so-called Tank Normale (elegantly re-edited this year). But, year after year, the model became an entire collection of rectangular shapes, but all different. One of the most recognizable and elegant is the curvy Tank Cintrée, born in 1921. Following a 100th-anniversary Réédition in yellow two years ago, it is now time for this shaped ultra-thin watch to come back in platinum.  

The first Cartier Tank watch, now known as the Tank Normale, was born in 1917 and inaugurated an atypical design said to have been inspired by armoured Renault tanks of WWI. It was basically a square middle case framed by two brancards to mimic the shape of a tank seen from above. The first-known evolution of the Tank came in 1921, under the name Tank Cintrée. Notably, it introduced the elongated, slender rectangular shape to the world of Tanks, a shape that would later become a classic with watches such as the Tank Américaine. What sets this model apart lies in the word Cintrée, which means curved in English.

The original Cartier Tank Cintrée was more elegant, more elongated and thinner and opted for a shape that would follow the curvature of the wrist. An originality that makes it highly special yet totally relevant. The best of the Roaring ’20s… Over the years, the Tank Cintrée has appeared in a range of different configurations (three sizes) but the most significant model is known as the 9 lignes (9 lines) with a staggering 45mm x 23mm case. Inside were movements made by Jaeger (important for the rest of the article).

A 1927 example of the Tank Cintrée in platinum, worn on a matching bracelet – image by Phllips

Among multiple variations, the one that’s probably the most well-known is the example above, a watch that has been auctioned by Phillips as part of their Winning Icons sale and that we explored together with Aurel Bacs in a video here. The first examples in platinum often featured a bright dial (which often turned eggshell with the time) with black printed Roman numerals and tracks, and were made in 1923… Meaning, it’s celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. And as such, it comes alongside the now sold-out yellow gold 100th-anniversary limited edition released in 2021.

Cartier Tank Cintree Re-Edition Platinum WGTA0193Cartier Tank Cintree Re-Edition Platinum WGTA0193
The two editions of the Cartier Tank Cintrée Réédition – 2021 yellow gold and 2023 platinum

The whole concept with this new Tank Cintrée Réédition in platinum is the same as what Cartier has done with the yellow gold version, and an identical recipe was used with the successful 2022 Pebble Réédition. It’s all about elegance, simplicity and a strong focus on the shape rather than the mechanics or complications. It’s not particularly imaginative, nor does it show strong creativity but the recipe is highly efficient, surfing on the beauty of the vintage elegance it tends to recreate. It marks the third time a faithful Tank Cintrée has been launched by Cartier, following the mid-2000s Cintrée CPCP and the 2021 yellow gold limited edition.

Cartier Tank Cintree Re-Edition Platinum WGTA0193

Cartier Tank Cintree Re-Edition Platinum WGTA0193

This new 950 platinum version is remarkably close to the original watch, with almost identical proportions – now 46.30mm in length and still 23mm in width – and identical shape too. The watch is characterized by its slender, elongated rectangular mid-case with two polished brancards on the sides, a beaded crown with ruby cabochon (a hallmark of platinum Cartier watches) and some brushed surfaces on top and bottom ends of the case, as well as on the sides. The curved profile, the main design element of the Tank Cintrée, has of course been respected and will offer comfort on the wrist despite the lengthy case.

Notably, the case of this platinum version is even thinner than the already thin 2021 yellow gold version, at 6.03mm versus 6.4mm before. It’s topped by a mineral crystal and despite the solid back, the watch is said to be “not water-resistant” – two drawbacks that were already found in the yellow gold version and that haven’t been corrected. It is worn on a discreet semi-matte black alligator strap closed by a 950 platinum ardillon buckle.

Cartier Tank Cintree Re-Edition Platinum WGTA0193

Cartier Tank Cintree Re-Edition Platinum WGTA0193

No surprises regarding the dial, which sticks to the design of 1920s versions, with an appealing eggshell colour and black printed Roman numerals and tracks. Hours and minutes are indicated by classic blued steel apple-shaped hands and it once again omits the Swiss-made mention. Inside the case is once again the calibre 9780 MC, known to be supplied by Jaeger-LeCoultre – just like vintage examples of the Cintrée. This calibre 849 is a compact hand-wound ultra-thin movement that has made it possible for JLC to create its thinnest models, such as the Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife. It’s not the most high-tech movement, but its 1.89mm profile surely benefits the Tank Cintrée.

The sharply executed and handsome Cartier Tank Cintrée Réédition in platinum is a limited edition of 150 pieces, available at the end of September 2023. It will be priced at EUR 34,700, which is once again rather high for such a simple watch, despite the use of platinum. Yet, the 2021 yellow gold model was also pricey and sold out quickly, and so did the even more expensive Pebble Réédition… For more details, please visit


This post first appeared on Monochrome Watches - An online magazine dedicated to fine watches.

This post first appeared on MONOCHROME Watches - An online magazine dedicated to fine watches.

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