Cartier Updates Its Tank Française Watches for the First Time Since 1996

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In an age when watch brands are updating their flagship models every couple of years, Cartier has kept its beautiful and ever-popular Tank Française relatively the same since its 1996 debut. However, the French watchmaker has decided to update certain elements of the lineup in the name of modernity.

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Bumping up the case dimensions of all three levels of the Tank Française, even if by just a millimeter or two, Cartier provides three sizes — small, medium, and large — with seven references in total. Each of the women’s watches, small and medium, are available in cases made of steel, gold, and diamond-encrusted gold. However, the singular men’s reference is the largest Tank Française released thus far, seeing a new case size of 36.7mm x 30.5mm.

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Likewise, the updated large only comes in a stainless steel case which houses the Sellita-based Caliber 1853 automatic movement, as opposed to the quartz movements of the smaller references. Featuring a new date window at 3 o’clock, the dial is sunray-finished silver with applied numerals instead of printed. Across the board, all seven models feature new integrated crowns and heavier satin finish on the cases and bracelets.

Available for purchase in the coming weeks, the new Tank Française watches range from $3,550 to $29,300, with the large steel version priced at $5,500.