There’s class and elegance but there are few watch models that manage to combine both these words in the same breath. However for me there is certainly one that stands out from the crowd which is in my opinion often overlooked. Why it’s passed over almost without even seeing it, is perhaps as the name is so synonymous with quality it’s taken for granted that it’s beyond the reach of your average guy. But you are mistaken indeed – try looking next time and you might just be surprised. This one is the Automatic, but they also offer a quartz version, though you would be pushed to actually see much difference in looks.
One of my absolute and all time favorites is the Cartier Tank Solo. Classic, timeless, stylish and elegance all rolled into one deceptively simple and iconic design masterpiece that once on your wrist is virtually part of you and you a part of it. Whatever magic is there and there is a magic, it becomes you and in turn you become relaxed, calm and every-things alright with the world – an attitude of mind of course, but you feel – great!
The Tank Solo model W5200027 for Gentlemen, Date watch is about as classic as it’s possible to get. So much so that everything else is compared to it, but the design is so iconic that anything other is simply not on the same page. I particularly like this model as they have revised the case slightly (I always hoped they would but didn’t believe it) to a similar case shape as their quartz version. The profile of the case has been flattened on the top as opposed to the roll shape of the original Tank design, making the overall look that much sleeker.
This extra large mens Automatic features the Cartier Swiss calibre 049, with rectangular Tank case in Stainless Steel at 40.85 mm x 31 mm and only 7.65 mm thickness. The silver dial has numerals enhanced by a Sapphire Crystal glass, a Date window @6 and the Cartier signature blue steel hands compliment the synthetic cabochon set crown. Black alligator strap with deployment buckle and Water Resistant to 30 metres.
Indeed it is so simple in it’s design brilliance that you would be forgiven in thinking this was way above your means – it’s a Cartier after all – but you would be wrong. It can be yours for under £2500, which is high for some I admit, but in this quality market actually represents good value and the quartz version which shares the same looks, can be had for considerably less, though personally I’d pick the Automatic. However I have seen this Automatic model for sale pre-owned around the quartz price and at that, it’s a great entry into the world of Cartier for actually very little.
As I say, one of my all time favorite models.