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Cartier The Tank Watch [Hardcover]

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Item description for Cartier The Tank Watch by Franco Cologni & Dominique Flechon...

Chronicles the history of this famous watch from 1917 to the present day through detailed descriptions, stories of its design changes, tales of the famous people who wore them, and more.

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Among all the timepieces created during the 20th century, the Tank watch, designed by the master jeweler Louis Cartier has remained the most long-lived and the most coveted by glamorous people around the world. Inspired by the modernistic design of the Renault tank and given to General Pershing in 1918, it was the first elegant wristwatch destined for the modern man of action. Adapted also for women, the Tank has been a constantly evolving masterpiece of the jeweler's art while remaining an object of practical design for an age of technological progress.

This elegant volume traces the story of the celebrated Tank from its inception in 1917 throughout the century, weaving history and anecdote, and linking its many variations to the other great designs for watches and jewelry from Cartier's long and distinguished production. An illustrated history in three parts covers the evolution of the design and tells the story of the famous people who wore them. This is followed by an extensively researched, comprehensive catalogue featuring more than 250 vintage models drawn from Cartier's archives as well as numerous private collections around the world.

The informative text and superb illustrations locate the Tank at the heart of Cartier's creations, and also in the context of contemporary watchmaking and objets d'art, where Cartier has always been an innovator. It presents the astonishing range of Tank forms from nearly a century of design--from the rare Tank Chinoise to the famous Must and the recent Tank Française--all of which have maintained the unique Cartier identity.

Drawing on Cartier's extensive archives--many published here for the first time--this sumptuous volume, with more than 540 illustrations, provides an essential resource for vintage watch collectors and for all those who admire Cartier's distinctive style and exquisite workmanship.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   263
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 10" Height: 11.75"
Weight:   4.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 1998
Publisher   Flammarion
ISBN  208013633X  
ISBN13  9782080136336  

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More About Franco Cologni & Dominique Flechon

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Franco Cologni is a specialist on jewelry and watchmaking, and the chairman of the Association Interprofessionelle de la Haute Horlogerie. He is also the author of "Made by Cartier"; "Piaget: Watches and Wonders"; "Platinum by Cartier: Triumphs of the Jeweler's Art"
Dominique Flé chon is one of the world's authorities on watchmaking and the vice-president of the French Association des Collectionneurs et Amateurs d'Horlogerie d'Art. He is a frequent contributor to numerous specialist watch journals.

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An Excellent History of the Tank Watch  Jul 18, 2002
I bought this book a couple years ago, and I still enjoy looking through it today. Besides being an excellent historical account on the origins of the Tank watch, it also includes a detailed chronological picture catalogue of all Tank watches produced by Cartier. I recommend it to anyone who owns or admires the Tank and wants to learn more about the origins of this much-copied Cartier classic.
A Great Addition to a Cartier Collector's Menagerie  Jun 10, 2000
This book is great! It is essential to the collection of any Cartier Collector. It takes the reader through the history of the Cartier Tank Watch, beginning in the early 1900s. It shows different models and how they've changed as style has. A great Coffee table book, one to show style, sophistication, and chic. ONE TRENDY BOOK!

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