Playing With Angles

August Man SG|Issue 158

Playing With Angles
Cartier revives an old classic with the new Tank Asymétrique to display the maison’s heritage in shaped timepieces
Evigan Xiao

Let’s take a step back through time. In 1936, Louis Cartier bucked the trend when he introduced the original Tank Asymétrique. The watch featured a rectangular case skewed to resemble a diamond, along with a dial that was rotated 30 degrees to the right. The timepiece didn’t just possess design details that paralleled the art deco movement (which happened to be en vogue at the time) – it also showed how a small tweak could result in an entirely new aesthetic.

Cartier pays homage to this moment in its history by introducing the new Tank Asymétrique to its Privé collection for 2020. Since 2015, the Privé collection has comprised limited editions of Cartier’s most cherished designs such as the Crash and the Tank Cintrée. For the Tank Asymétrique, Cartier has announced two new models.

Tank Asymétrique (Calibre 1917 MC)

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