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Introducing Cartier Replica Tank

As I’ve previously mentioned in my take on the Jaeger-LaCoultre Reverso, I have a soft spot in my heart for square and rectangular discount Cartier replica watches. To me, they represent a period long past: an era pre-Golden Age horology, pre-Quartz Crisis, and pre-Modern: a time when a watch was either a tool or an event accessory, with little else in-between. The Replica Cartier Tank watch is no exception to this nostalgia, and is in fact considered one of the icons of this style, as evidenced by the many imitators that followed it.

Replica_Cartier_Vintage_Tank_1Cartier (the brand) has long prided itself on the Tank’s rich history. Originally developed in 1917 by Louis Cartier, and released to the general market in 1919, it went from being among the first replica Cartier watches handed to American General Pershing for his service during World War I, to being chosen as the timepiece of choice for President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, to becoming — perhaps most impressively — one of the very few watch models just as popular with men as it is with women. The Replica Cartier Tank is nothing to scoff at, and while I have number of reservations about the series overall (mostly due to the use of quartz movements in several of them), the watch has earned its place in horology and continues to evolve as a truly classic piece.

Replica_Cartier_Tank_LC_Solo_2While the Cartier Tank long has long been known as a rather fashion-forward series, Cartier has always kept one or two models in its rotation that directly honor the early pieces of the 1920s. Today, those models are the Tank Louis Cartier and the Tank Solo, the first of which we will look at. The Tank Louis Cartier, for the most part, keeps to the original spirit of the Replica Cartier Tank watch. Hitting many of the major Tank keys, the piece is housed in an 18k gold, 29.5 mm x 22 mm case, maintains a white Art Deco-style dial with black minute counter and Roman numerals, uses steel-blue sword hands, and, possibly most characteristic of all, has a sapphire-beaded crown. This particular watch is available in larger sizes with some models coming with a date wheel, and starts at a price around $9,000.

Replica_Cartier_Tank_LC_3The most noticeable change between this high end Cartier replica watches and its historical predecessors is the movement; I’ll spoil the plot and tell you right now that it’s quartz. Now, of course I have already admitted to an anti-quartz bias, and Cartier has been known to focus almost primarily on quartz movements since at least the 1970s  (go check out the vintage Les Must de Cartier collection), but to me, there is little excuse for Cartier’s most historically important timepiece not to contain a traditional mechanical movement.

In truth, however, the reason why Cartier uses uses quartz movements in these watches is abundantly clear: the Replica Cartier Tank was (and is) famous not because of superb or innovative mechanics, but much more due to a design that made it the watch that so many people want as their personal accessory. Andy Warhol somewhat notably said, “I don’t wear a Tank watch to tell the time. Actually, I never even wind it. I wear a Tank because it is the watch to wear!” I can only imagine that many other people shared this sentiment, and Replica Cle de Cartier was smart enough to adjust the product accordingly.

Replica_Cartier_Tank_date_4In the spirit of Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, the second watch we will look at is the more contemporarily designed Tank Anglaise. This watch was released in 2012, with its stated aim to “perfectly embody” Louis Cartier’s desire for seamless design. While the watch is available in 17 different variations in many different metals, sizes, and bracelets — starting from a $4,850 steel case and going all the way up to a diamond-encrusted $168,000 case — the piece has quickly caught the attention of many consumers for its modern Cartier appeal. The model I am focusing on is a steel “large model” (Ref. W5310009), housed in a 39.2 mm x 29.8 mm case, using a nine-sided protected crown with iconic sapphire tip, and on a satin-finished, polished steel bracelet. The watch also features a two-toned flinqué and silvered dial with date window, steel-blue sword hands, and traditional Tank Roman numerals and minute counter. The whole piece is powered by an automatic movement, Cartier Caliber 077.

Replica_Cartier_Tank_Anglaise_5Given a choice to wear one, I would actually prefer the Tank Louis Cartier over the Tank Anglaise. You may be wondering why, given my previous comments, but the simple truth is that I find the Anglaise, is more an accessory than a tribute. While the Cartier mens replica watches certainly pays homage to past references — with the dial’s decals, general proportions, and sapphire tipped crown — I find it lacks the historical inspiration and simplicity that defines the older Tank models. I do love the automatic movement, which I’m sure was added as an effort to pay tribute to Louis Cartier and the era of watches in which he lived. But still, this piece appears to be a push deeper into the fashion-oriented, rather than the horology-oriented, realm of the watch world.

Cartier Replica Tank watches are undeniably cool. They’re iconic, and chances are most people can identify one in the wild, which always makes for a good conversation. But the series is not without flaws. While I’m positive Cartier will have no problem selling these  Cartier replica watches for sale many more decades, no matter how much the brand strays from the model’s original look and feel, the Cartier Tank is one of the last remnants of the vintage Art Deco era, and I would hate to see it lose its individualistic quality. Have I mentioned that I love square watches?

Five Notable Replica Cartier Watches UK Under $10,000

Cartier replica watches uk has a long and distinguished horological history, and in recent years, the brand has assumed a leading role among manufacturers creating innovative and complicated haute horlogerie timepieces. At the same time, the brand has launched several notable timepieces at lower price points, many of which have in-house movements. Here are five models we think merit special attention.

Replica Cartier Santos de Cartier Santos 100

To those familiar with Cartier watch history, the Santos name is practically synonymous with the brand name itself. In 1904, the famed aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont, complained to his friend Louis Cartier about the difficulty of checking his pocketwatch while flying his aircraft. Cartier went to work, and his solution was almost certainly the first wristwatch created specifically for an aviator. The innovation allowed Santos-Dumont to keep both hands on the controls while setting airborne speed records, which were determined by measuring the time taken to travel specified distances. Santos-Dumont was so taken with his Cartier wristwatch that he wore it religiously when flying.

A commercial version of the Art Deco-style watch launched in 1911, and today Cartier offers three collections bearing the Santos name. Our featured watch is the Replica Cartier Santos de Cartier Santos 100, and it is one of the most recognizable timepieces in the world. Cartier offers it in two sizes – medium at about 44 x 35 mm, and large at about 51 x 41 mm (shown below). Both watches are powered by automatic-winding mechanical movements not manufactured by Cartier. The medium model in steel on an alligator strap retails for $6,500, and the large version is priced at $7,300.

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Replica Cartier Tank MC

The remainder of our selections feature Cartier’s own manufacture movements. If you seek one of these, look no further than Cartier’s recently released Tank MC. The “MC” stands for Manufacture Cartier, signifying the movement’s origins. Dating to 1917, the Tank design has certainly achieved icon status. Though it follows in a time-honored line, the Tank MC is an all-new design with modern dimensions. At 44 x 34 x 9.5 mm with slightly curved lugs, the Tank MC hits the Goldilocks “just right” zone on the wrist, and it plays well with dress-shirt cuffs.

The silvered flinqué dial is exquisitely executed, and behind it you will find the in-house 1904-PS MC movement. The “1904” represents the year Louis Cartier created the Santos watch, described above, and “PS” signifies petite secondes. The 1904 MC calibers are constructed with twin mainspring barrels running in series to deliver more consistent torque over the 48-hour power reserve. The rotor is mounted on ceramic ball bearings, and it winds very efficiently in both directions. The movement is visible through a sapphire display back.

The Replica Cartier Tank MC in stainless steel on an alligator strap with a deployant buckle is priced at $7,000.

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Replica Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

The recently launched Calibre de Cartier Diver has received positive reviews for its looks, and its integrity (in both the physical and the moral sense). This watch is the third member of the Calibre de Cartier family, and in our opinion, the design codes work especially well in this iteration. The design is a distinctive departure in a sea of dive watch look-alikes. Some may feel that Roman numerals don’t belong on a sports watch, but in this incarnation, they tell those in the know who made this watch.

The Calibre de Cartier Diver’s case measures 42 mm in diameter, and it is only 11 mm thick, which is slender for a 300-meter diver. It is powered by the in-house caliber 1904-MC. Given the Diver’s resemblance to the Replica Calibre de Cartier automatic, it’s important to note that Cartier did not simply add a countdown bezel to that watch and call it a day. That would have been the easy, and perhaps the most profitable, approach. Kudos to Cartier for not taking the easy path.

Instead, under the watchful eye of its resident horological guru, Carole Forestier-Kasapi, Cartier went much further than most manufacturers to insure that this watch has genuine dive-watch cred. Each watch is certified under ISO 6425, the official standard for any timepiece calling itself a dive watch. Among many other things, the certification means that every watch is tested to 125% of its rated depth before leaving the factory. Few manufacturers perform that level of testing.

The Replica Calibre de Cartier Diver retails for $8,200 in steel on a rubber strap, and $8,900 on a bracelet.

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Replica Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Second Time Zone Day/Night

It’s a rare day when you find a multi-complication watch from a top-name brand with a Swiss manufacture movement for under $10,000. I guess that makes today a rare day. This watch just recently launched, so you may not have seen it before. It offers a large date, second time zone, and a day/night indicator. The second time zone does not take a traditional form – it’s a retrograde display – so it may take a second to spot. Here’s a hint: that’s not a power-reserve indicator at 10 o’clock. This display can be advanced in one-hour increments by pressing the crown.

This new watch measures 42 x 12 mm, and the silvered dial is decorated with various guilloché patterns, giving it a rich texture. The hands are blued steel, and the fluted crown is decorated with a synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel.

The automatic-winding, in-house Cartier movement bears the designation 1904-FU MC. The FU refers to “fuseaux”, a reference, in French, to the second time zone. The movement consists of 230 parts and features traditional finishing, including côtes de Genève on the plates, the bridges, and the winding rotor.

The Replica Rotonde de Cartier Second Time Zone Day/Night in steel lists for $9,650.

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Replica Cartier Tank MC Chronograph

The chronograph is among the most popular complications, so we’re exceeding our $10,000 upper limit very slightly to include Cartier’s most accessible timepiece with a manufacture chronograph caliber. Indeed this is Cartier’s first Tank chronograph with an in-house movement. The case measures about 34 x 44 x 11.7 mm, so unlike the Tank watches of old, it makes a statement on the wrist. Cartier is noted for its designs, but we think this ladies Carteir replica watches stands out as a particularly well-executed example. With most watches, if you look long enough, you can spot a detail that is not right. That’s not the case here.

The movement is the recently developed 1904-CH MC. The “CH” signifies “chronograph.” Once again, Cartier did not take the easy path by simply adding a module to the 1904-MC caliber. Instead, it designed that movement from the mainplate up to become an integrated chronograph. In stopwatch form, the movement retains its twin barrels, and it incorporates two hallmarks of fine chronograph movements: a column wheel to control the start, stop and reset functions, and a vertical clutch to assure smooth engagement. The movement design also allows the chronograph to run continuously without affecting timekeeping.

The Replica Cartier Tank MC Chronograph in stainless steel lists for $10,300.htsa.co.uk

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