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The History Of Cartier Replica Tank Series Leather Strap Watches

Welcome to the latest installment in our Cost of Entry series. In this aBlogtoWatch feature, we examine different brands through the lens of their most affordable model. Having previously looked at the entry-level offerings of Rolex, Omega, Panerai, and Hublot… today, a name well-known even far outside the world of watches: Cartier. And none other than the iconic Tank, in the form of the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic replica watches, represents the most affordable mechanical men’s watch Cartier offers, at around US$3,500. The question is, however, what exactly you get with the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic and how well it represents the brand.

We don’t need to tell you that Cartier is one of the world’s most well-known luxury brands. While I like to approach this series as a brand study rather than as how to buy into a prestigious name for the least amount of money possible… Cartier’s prestige and recognizability are undeniably a huge draw for a great many people around the world. Cartier has achieved a remarkably cohesive identity and consistency across a wide range of products, but where does the Cartier Tank Solo XL fit in to that? In this article, we want to look at what exactly the Cartier Tank Solo XL offers in terms of value, history, horological interest, style, and that more vague quality that is Cartier essence. The Cartier Tank turning 100 years old in 2017 also makes it timely to revisit its story that is a big part of the watch we are looking at today.

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Short History Of The Cartier Tank

Founded in Paris, France, by Louis-François Cartier in 1847, Cartier as a company will be 170 years old in 2017, but is no longer a small family-run jeweler, of course. The three grandsons of the founder were Louis, Pierre, and Jacques, and together they oversaw Cartier’s expansion to become a globally recognized name – Louis being the most central to our story. The next Cartier generation, the children of the three brothers, sold the business in the 1970s to an investor group. And finally, in 2012, Cartier leather strap fake watches joined the Richemont Group where it resides today among illustrious colleagues of haute horlogerie.

Entire books have been written about Cartier and even about the Cartier Tank watch itself, and the basic story that Louis Cartier based the Tank design on the shape of WWI tanks seen on the Western Front is probably familiar to many readers. Cartier made clocks, pocket watches, and women’s wristwatches before wristwatches for men began to catch on – and when men did begin to wear wristwatches, Cartier played a major role in their wider adoption and the Cartier Tank was an important part of the transition from pocket to wrist.

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Entire books have been written about Cartier copy watches and even about the Cartier Tank watch itself, and the basic story that Louis Cartier based the Tank design on the shape of WWI tanks seen on the Western Front is probably familiar to many readers. Cartier made clocks, pocket watches, and women’s wristwatches before wristwatches for men began to catch on – and when men did begin to wear wristwatches, Cartier played a major role in their wider adoption and the Cartier Tank was an important part of the transition from pocket to wrist.

2018 Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Day & Nigh Replica Watches

SIHH 2018 is just months away, but we are already hearing about some of the new watches that will be released. Today, we have a pair of fake Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious watches – the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night and the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon.

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The idea for these copy Cartier Mysterious Watches actually comes from the Mystery Clocks that Cartier made way back in the early 20th century. These clocks were notable because [SPOILER ALERT] their hands were fixed onto clear discs driven by gears just out of view, creating the impression that they were floating on the dial. This iconic look has been adapted for a number of Cartier’s watches and they make for interesting viewing.

The idea for these Mysterious Watches actually comes from the Mystery Clocks that Cartier made way back in the early 20th century. These clocks were notable because [SPOILER ALERT] their hands were fixed onto clear discs driven by gears just out of view, creating the impression that they were floating on the dial. This iconic look has been adapted for a number of Cartier’s watches and they make for interesting viewing.

The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night is available in a 40mm 18k pink gold or white gold case. Cartier fans will be pleased to know it also comes with the brand’s signature blue sapphire cabochon crown. Water resistance is rated at 30m.

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The Cartier replica dial is divided into two halves. The top half features a day & night complication and also shows the hours in the form of a 12-hour scale that reads from six to six. In the day, a sun will appear on the dial and make its way from left to right. The hours are read simply by looking at the position of the sun in relation to the 12-hour scale. When it is night, a moon will appear and likewise will make its 12-hour journey from left to right. The bottom half of the dial features a radiating guilloché pattern in the center and a retrograde minutes display.

The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night is powered by the in-house hand-wound Caliber 9982 MC, which is visible through the sapphire display caseback. Made out of 174 components, it beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of at least 48 hours.

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I’ve always had a major soft spot for Cartier replica watches, especially high-end ones. The particular blend of technique, design, and a traditionally Parisian take on luxury makes them feel both conservative and full of personality. The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton is a good example of what to look for when you want a Cartier that is much fancier than the ones most people have, but not so exotic as to make it challenging to wear on a regular basis.

Cartier recently announced that their Haute Horlogerie division would significantly slow down production – as I understand it will focus instead on more practical, accessible (i.e. simple and less complicated) high-end watches. Exotic tourbillons and highly technical and original movements which the brand has received many accolades for will be increasingly uncommon as the brand transitions to mostly service existing watches and producing a smaller number of very exclusive watches that I believe will focus more on decoration than a novel movement or mechanism.

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That leads me to believe that for the most part, outside of “piece unique” creations for special customers, watches like the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton might very well represent the top-of-the-line products Cartier makes for men. The watch is actually a combination of three existing items at Cartier, and that includes the Rotonde-style case, “mysterious” movement which has the hour and minute hands on a transparent plane, and on top of that, skeletonization of the in-house made caliber 9981 (which then becomes the caliber 9983) manually wound movement.

We’ve substantially seen all this before, and this watch more or less represents Cartier fake wanting to make the most out of its movements by offering them in a variety of cases. For instance, if you love the Mysterious Hour Skeleton but prefer the Cartier Cle case, they have a watch for you in the Cle de Cartier Mysterious Hour watch. The “non-Skeleton” version of the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton watch was actually the first model to debut this style of “mystery dial movement” in 2013 .

Such designs have a long history going back to early 20th century table clocks produced by Cartier. At the time, it was en vogue for some brands (Cartier included) to produce mystery dial clocks. Many of these Art Deco style creations celebrated the intriguing optical illusion created when the hands were not mounted to the dial via a stem as is the case in a traditional watch, but rather mounted on a transparent plate, which itself features hidden gearing used to move it around the dial.

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Skeletonized mystery Cartier copy watches are ironic since the skeletonization part sort of “ruins” the mystery. I’ve not seen anyone comment on this, but it wouldn’t stop me from having an otherwise enjoyable experience with a product such as this. In fact, if you liked the original Mystery Hour watch but wanted to “see even more,” then this Skeleton version might be right for you. Note that the privilege of having a skeletonized version of the Mystery complication watch will cost about $15,000 USD more than the non-skeleton model.

Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon Replica Watches For Sale

New offering of Cartier

Here at us tend to focus on the simpler end of Cartier’s offerings, classic beauties like the Tank or the Drive Extra Flat. But there’s another side to the famous jewellery maison’s watch offerings that’s, well, exceptionally complex. The Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon is one such watch. If you didn’t glean that fact from the impressively wordy model name, take one look at this skeletonised, 45mm monster and you’ll immediately realise that we’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill Tank.

No, this watch, or – more accurately – the Calibre 9407MC inside, is one of the most confident expressions of Cartier’s horological ability we’ve seen in some time, with 448 individual parts, finished to a level sufficient to earn it the Geneva Seal, and a particularly demanding package of complications. The most visible is the ‘mysterious’ double tourbillon, which sees the whirring 60-second tourbillon rotate around the transparent sapphire aperture every five minutes. On its own this mysterious display, something of a trademark for the brand, would be impressive enough, but Cartier is determined to impress your ears as well as your eyes, as they’ve also managed to fit a minute repeater into a movement that’s 39.3mm wide and 4.7mm thick (without the tourbillon). The resonance of the repeater complication is amplified, thanks to the titanium case, and Cartier has chosen a button at five to activate it, rather than the more traditional slide. There’s also three-and-a-half days of power reserve.

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All in a small box

For me though, the real feat of this watch is how Cartier replica watches have managed to cram so much into a comparatively small case, especially given the negative space occupied by the mysterious tourbillon. It’s also quite a modern look for the brand, with the titanium case, suede-like alligator strap and black rhodium-finished movement components. High horology, Cartier style.

Cartier Tank Americaine In Stainless Steel Case Crocodile Leather Strap Replica Watches

In case you somehow missed it, the Cartier Tank replica watches turn 100 this year. The iconic rectangular watch was designed and produced in 1917, with the first models hitting stores a little later in 1919. As you may know, the design of the watch was inspired by the horizontal section of the Renault tank during World War I. The story goes that in 1918 the prototype was offered to General John Joseph Pershing, commanding officer of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe at the time (though this prototype is yet to surface).

Throughout the decades, that original Tank has spawned many iterations, including (but not limited to) the Tank Cintrée, the Tank Anglaise, the Tank Francaise, the Tank Louis Cartier, and the Tank Allongeé. It has been made in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum, and stainless steel. There are some with enamel, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, you name it. But one thing has remained the same throughout, and that’s the familiar rectangular case shape with the Roman numeral dial. For this year’s big anniversary, Cartier has released a series of watches to celebrate including a re-vamp of the Cartier Tank Americaine, this time in stainless steel.

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The Tank Americaine was first introduced in 1989 and quickly became a classic. It was inspired by the Cartier Tank Cintrée replica watches (originally designed in 1921) and its elongated curved rectangular case. It’s a slightly sportier take on that extremely slim, curved watch, with a bolder look. Up until now, the Tank Americaine has only been produced in precious metals, but now we’re finally getting the Americaine in steel, and in three sizes no less.

The three watches are pretty similar, mostly distinguished by their case sizes. The small measures 34.8mm x 19mm, the medium 41.6mm x 22.6mm, and the large 45.1mm x 26.6mm. All three feature a silvered dial with brushed center and elongated Roman numerals that wrap around the edge of the dial. The crown has the characteristic sapphire cabochon, which has become something of a calling card for Cartier’s watches.

The small model contains a quartz movement copy Cartier watches, while both the medium and large versions of the watch are powered by an automatic movement. You’ll notice that the small model only has hour and minute hands, while the other two have center seconds as well (clearly Cartier didn’t want a ticking seconds hand on the small model). There is no information yet as to exactly what movement is inside these watches, but it is not an in-house Cartier caliber.

Replica Panthère de Cartier Watches Will Be Sold Online

New Panthère de Cartier watches

Cartier sets new ground with online retailing. The recently announced (SIHH 2017) Panthère de Cartier replica watches will currently be available exclusively at the online luxury retailer: Net-a-Porter, a full month ahead of its arrival in stores. While this is not the first time a luxury watch brand has chosen to retail their watches with Net-A-Porter, this is the first for Cartier, and the first for any brand where the entire collection of 12 watches will be exclusively available online. The collection is featured for sale on special pop-up store from May 2 to 31. The Panthère de Cartier will only be available on brick and mortar Cartier stores from June.

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Super luxury

Until very recently, the thought of buying luxury watches online was perhaps laughable. Would one risk buying and having these high priced items delivered across the world? What about the need to have a consistent pricing methodology which is totally transparent from country to country? What about the much touted buying experience? The visit to the beautiful store. The customary celebratory champagne on purchase? Are these still essential to the luxury clientele? Will brick and mortar boutiques, built with multi-million dollar budgets and occupying high rental shop space be obsolete? Is this the taste of new things to come for online retailing? We don’t have the answers, but will watch intently. And hope it will also translate to the shift of advertising spend to online portals like Deployant.

History

The new Panthère de Cartier collection was first launched in 1983, the updated design is targeted specifically at women. From cool steel to warm yellow gold. The watches are available in a variety of finishes and two different sizes, with the option a diamond bezel on some models. Needless to say, all 12 models look utterly desirable, especially when seen on the campaign imagery featuring the gorgeous, fresh faced New Zealand model, Georgia Fowler. The images show the watches beautifully, teamed with jeans and a white shirt or a slinky black evening gown.

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This is the first time Cartier fake watches have ever partnered with an online retailer. Although this is not the first time a high end watch brand has chosen to retail online. We saw IWC with their campaign, also with Net-a-Porter. And stablemate Piaget are also selling their jewellery and a couple high jewellery watches on the same retailer. Cartier, IWC and Piaget’s parent Richemont owns a 50% stake in the Yoox Net-a-Porter, which owns Net-a-Porter. Indeed, Cartier has chosen well. If any one retailer has really nailed the concept of online luxury, it’s Net-a-Porter, who sells lots of diamonds, jewellery and haute couture many times daily.

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Blue Case Replica Diving Watches For Sale

Continuing the watch design trend of “more blue is better,” Cartier showed a blued version of their Calibre De Cartier Diver at SIHH earlier this year. As with many of its peers, this simple color swap manages to impart this rather dressy Cartier diver with an appeal distinct from that of the original black-dialed version. From steel to solid gold, the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue wears the color well, adding a playful touch of personality to a brand often characterized by their stoic aesthetic.

Save for the coloring, the blue variant of the Calibre de Cartier diver is identical to the original black version of the Calibre de Cartier Diver that Ariel. With a 42mm case in steel or 18k pink gold, the new blue dial is matched by an equally blue, lumed ceramic bezel insert. At 11mm thick, the Calibre de Cartier Diver is a consummate dress diver, offering a more sporty interpretation of the Calibre de Cartier platform. Dress divers are a strange evolution, a subspecies of the sport watch grown to bridge the gap between the traditional role of a dive watch as a tool and its more modern context as an object of luxury with adventurous intentions (especially within the confines of Cartier and its peers).

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While few Cartier dive watches actually see use as tools for scuba diving, many watch buyers desire a watch with the ancillary qualities of a dive watch (robust construction, good legibility, water resistance, and a casual masculine appeal). So, within the large market for casual dive watches there is a demand for higher-end products that retain some semblance of their toolish roots. A very similar thing has happened to SUVs over the past twenty years. What was once a tool then became popular for its strong versatility and was eventually co-opted by the luxury market. Think of the difference between an old Wrangler and a new Grand Cherokee, or a Merc 280G vs a modern G65.

As such, the Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue, while undeniably a luxury product, is water resistant to 300 meters, has a legit dive bezel, strong legibility, and a capable in-house automatic movement. Inside its nicely detailed case, we find Cartier’s 1904 MC movement, sporting double barrels that provide more consistent torque over the 48 hours of power reserve. With 27 jewels and a 4Hz rate, the 1904 MC is not especially fancy, but it is a capable movement that finds a fitting home in the Calibre de Cartier family.

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Focusing on the blue, I think it’s a strong addition to the lineup. While the black version is certainly a classic look, I think the blue really suits the nautical feel of the Calibre de Cartier Diver’s aesthetic replica watches. The blue is arguably an even stronger suit for the solid gold version. While the two tone has a certain appeal, the full 18k pink gold version really rips the knob off. While I don’t have the wrist to pull off a gold dive watch, I think I get the appeal and there is something wondrously nouveau-riche about the solid gold Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue on a blue rubber strap.

Steel dive watches are tools for the masses, while a gold diver (especially from a brand like Cartier) paints visions of the sun-soaked Amalfi coast, an ever darkening tan, and a teak decked vessel to carry you far away from steel concerns. If this is your life, then this may be your watch.

Cartier Clé De Cartier Mysterious Hour Leather Strap Hollow Out Replica Watches For Sale

When And Where?

A few weeks ago, at Watches & Wonders 2015 in Hong Kong, we went hands-on with the Cartier Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour watch – Cartier’s way of bringing the Clé to its next, probably ultimate level, both in terms of design, as well as sheer mechanical complexity.

It happens with cars all the time. A nice new mid-range model comes out (think of the ever-latest Audi A4, BMW 3-series, etc.) – and it looks great! But then, the “RS” beefed up sports version debuts, and everything looks sharper, better defined, and somehow more cohesive in its design… and you think, “could this be how they originally intended it?” The original Clé I found to be beautiful (in a clever, intelligent, not necessarily immediately-obvious way) when Cartier released it earlier this year as an all-new, relatively affordable line of watches in January at SIHH 2015. I was happy about the moderate size, the interesting and various ways that the case is curved – it just looked and wore right.

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The Cartier Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour limited edition replica watches take everything the Clé is, and turns it up to 11. While it may not have been blindingly obvious at first, what made the Clé really stand out was its balanced, beautifully proportioned look – and the Cartier Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour further evolves on that by playing with the rule of thirds and other basic (but difficult-to-master) rules of design and geometrics. Long, sloping curves are met with two perfect circles – the larger and the smaller dials – and before it appears to all be melting off your wrist, Cartier’s trademark bold Roman numerals and the rectangular cabochon in the crown add some strength to the overall appearance.

As we always do, we tried to capture the essence of the design with our photography – there really was not an angle from which the Cartier Clé appeared to lack cleverly chosen proportions and that overall, positively overwhelming aesthetic.

Hands On

As its name implies, the Cartier Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour fake watches features Cartier’s “mysterious hours” indication which may have been around for a long time, but somehow, here, just utterly fails to show its age. The funny thing is that when compared to the – rather numerous – other pieces from the brand which comprised this funky time indication, this may be the first piece where it feels and looks as though it was an integral component of the design, and not a gimmick that stands above every other part.

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If this is the first time you are seeing this complication – let us keep it simple and call it as such – you may be wondering how the Cartier mysterious hours works. The solution, once you are told, seems blatantly straight-forward: the watch has its hands fitted to two separate, transparent sapphire discs which have teethed edges; the movement drives these discs as it would normally move the hands – and voilà, a floating effect is achieved.

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The origin of Cartier’s most bizarre watch ever dates back to 1967. There are a couple of frightening, unconfirmed stories about the way the watch came to life, both of which took place in London. One is about a lady who brought her Baignoire watch in for repair, since it had been involved in a traffic accident where it got badly damaged. Another story is about a Cartier London manager, who was involved in a car accident that resulted in a fire. His watch – a large, curved Maxi Oval – melted from the heat exposure. The melted timepiece inspired Jean-Jacques Cartier, then head of Cartier London, to create a watch that was inevitably christened  the “Crash”.

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Which of these stories, if either, is the correct one, we don’t know, but the latter sounds the more plausible, since the Maxi Oval, with its sharp case top – similar to the Crash – could easily be melted to the distorted shape of the Cartier replica Crash watches. It is sometimes believed that the design of the watch was inspired by a painting of Salvador Dalí’s, but there is absolutely no evidence of that at all. On the contrary, it was Piaget that started work on a project with Salvador Dalí in 1967 that lasted almost till 1970.

Cartier London launched the timepiece as a men’s watch, in yellow-gold and white-gold (just three in white-gold, though) cases that measured 43mm by 23mm, and produced the watch in very limited numbers. Before Cartier Paris took over the production of the Crash (after the manufacturing of watches became centralised), two designers of Cartier London left the company and started their own brand, Churchill Watches.

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The company was not that successful and did not survive long either. But their first release was interesting – Churchill Crash  Cartier fake watches. Released in a 52mm-long white- or yellow-gold case and powered by an ETA calibre, the watch was sold in the UK and USA. While the watch is often the subject of discussion, it was never sought after by collectors, nor did it ever fetch a decent price at auctions. It is still the Cartier London Crash watch that sets auctions  on fire, when, once in several years, a piece – preferably in white-gold with the magical word “London” on the dial – emerges and  is auctioned off.

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A-listers from all walks of the entertainment industry flocked to Los Angeles to join Cartier in the relaunch of its coveted Panthere de Cartier replica watches collection.

Last Friday, Milk Studios, a spacious photography venue in the heart of Hollywood, turned into the outsized insides of a jewelry box that coddled Cartier’s star-studded fete. The glamorous event was hosted by Sofia Coppola, Cartier International CEO Cyrille Vigneron and Cartier North America President and CEO Mercedes Abramo.

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Shunning Cinco de Mayo for the opulence of the unveil party were celebrities in the ranks of Sienna Miller, Dakota Johnson, Miranda Kerr, Lily Collins, Kristen Dunst, Dita von Teese, to name but a few. The high-profiled guests sipped champagne as a welcome and later enjoyed a raw bar and the culinary creations of The French Laundry chef Thomas Keller. Acclaimed performers Alicia Keys, Lion Babe and DJ Mark Ronson kept the spirits soaring with special gigs.

At the center of the attention, though, roared the Panthere de Cartier limited edition watches, which the almost two-century old maison has chosen to revive this year. Fierce and stealthy, the panther has been a beloved Cartier symbol since the remote 1914. That year saw the release of the first “panther” piece – a bracelet watch with onyx and diamonds. It was not until 1983, however, that the Panthere de Cartier collection premiered. The panther line grew until the early 2000s, when the brand discontinued it.

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Waking back to life, the Panthere de Cartier comes in two sizes – 22mm and 27mm – and nine iterations – from affordable plain steel models to pieces of white gold, diamonds and enamel. Linked to brick-lay bracelets with concealed folding clasps, all watches are fueled by a quartz movement. The timepieces bring back the elegance, power and confidence that have come to define the Cartier women’s fake watches for years.