The iconic Cartier Tank Cintrée gets skeletonised

The iconic Cartier Tank Cintrée gets skeletonised

Bare bones

Text: Angelyn Kwek

You’ve loved every single incarnation of the Cartier Tank. Now see it transformed into a skeleton watch

It might have slipped your attention, but just over two weeks ago horology had a little shake up when the Cartier Tank celebrated turning 100 years old. And in honour of this momentous centennial, we went on a jaunt down memory lane that revisited the defining moments of this Cartier icon — replete with famous faces from the heyday of the silver screen era whose timepiece of choice was the Tank.

Going from a rectangle frame to a square and back again, the face of the Cartier Tank Cintrée was one that constantly played with its dimensions, reinventing its functional and aesthetic appeal throughout the decades. Yet underneath its ever-changing visuals is a distinguished identity that speaks of elegant timelessness (never mind its militaristic origins) that stems all the way back to the very first 1921 Tank. Now this signature quadrilateral case is reintroduced in a stripped back edit, defined by a pair of brancards that structure the piece in an impressive feat of watchmaking wherein a skeleton movement floats. From the hands, the 'rail track' indices and the overlapping gears, the transparent design retains only the barest essentials, with a sleek curvature to its frame meant to hug the wrist like it totally belongs there. Presented in platinum, pink gold and platinum with diamonds, the Tank Cintrée Skeleton is a throwback comeback that proves this 100 year old classic has still got it.

The Tank Cintrée Skeleton is available at Cartier boutiques.