Category Archives: Cartier Watches

Vintage Replica Cartier Tank Eye for the Modern Guy

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 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 Cartier Tank replica 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.

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Cartier (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 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 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.

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While 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 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.

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The most noticeable change between this watch 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 Fake Cartier UK 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 Cartier Tank was (and is) famous not because of superb or innovative mechanics, but much more due to a design that made it the replica 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 Cartier was smart enough to adjust the product accordingly.

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In 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.

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Given 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 watch 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.

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Cartier Tank watches are undeniably cool. They’re iconic, and chances are most people (even if they aren’t watch geeks) 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 watches for 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?

For Part 6 of this series, in which I compare the vintage and modern IWC Portugieser, click here – Swiss Replica Watches.

Caleb Anderson is the Director of Outreach at the online vintage and antique watch boutique theoandharris.com. Since starting at Theo & Harris, he has garnered extensive knowledge on vintage watches, and spends much of his time sharing his opinions within the field. Currently located near New York City, he is a persistent student in all things historical, a writer on watches, and a casual runner.

The best from Cartier, Breitling, Chopard, Dior Replica Watches

The Swiss replica watch industry might be ticking a little slower this year compared to previous years — due predominantly to a cooling market in Asia — but it’s still headed for record growth this year. That’s according to the organisers of Baselworld, the world’s biggest fake watches and jewellery fair held in the Swiss town of Basel each March. This year’s event drew a record number of visitors (150,000 people from 100 countries) who came to see the latest offerings from more than 1500 brands.

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In 2014 exports of Swiss replica watches reached 22.2 billion Swiss francs (or $30.7 billion), a growth of 1.9 per cent from the previous years. And despite competition from smart watch manufacturers it is high end timepieces that are driving the growth of the Swiss industry. According to the organisers of Baselworld replica watches priced $4000 and over make up two-thirds of the Swiss watch industry.

In this month’s WISH magazine we feature 31 fake rolex watches from Baselworld and the smaller watch fair, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, held in Geneva in January that showcase the best the industry has to offer.

Tradition and technology were equally on display this year. As well as refined and elegant offerings, such as the Omega Globemaster with its pie-pan dial and fluted bezel, there were so called horological mart omega replica watches like one by Frederique Constant which looks as far from a digital smart watch as you can get but can still be programmed to measure your steps or your sleep. Never let it be said that the Swiss replica watch industry doesn’t move with the times.

Nas Talks His Love of Rolex, Diamonds, and the Apple Replica Watch

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Hip hop’s relationship with the wristwatch is tumultuous. The most successful rappers have always given younger fans brand names to aspire to and, in turn, young hip hop fans have kept watch bootleggers in business. As the wildly popular Fakewatchbusta Instagram account shows us, poor wristwear choices aren’t simply a matter of means, or lack thereof. It’s one of taste and availability. So what are we to do when we’re ready to buy a nice <strong>replica watch</strong> but don’t know anyone else who owns one? Starting today, we can do what every true hip hop fan has done at some point over past three decades. We listen to Nas.

The legendary MC and beacon of hip hop style has partnered with private watch dealer Steven Brown to launch Ownly One, a website that will offer for sale just one classic replica watches a day in limited numbers, both used and deadstock. The site will have pieces from heavyweight watchmakers like of Fake Rolex, Cartier, AP, Breitling and more, with replica watch conditions rated on a Scale of 1-10, a “3” being the lowest level available on the site (“Acceptable. May require some repair before use”), and a perfect “10” for new wristwear. But is it Nasty Nas who’s doling out the ratings? Well, no, but the guy knows a thing or two about swiss replica watches. This is the man who’s sported a different Rolex on countless magazine covers and the person for whom Hublot once threw a birthday party. To celebrate the launch of Ownly One, Nas got on the phone with GQ.com to talk about his days of sharing watches with the crew, his excitement for the Apple Replica Watch and a personal goal of wearing a new watch everyday.

How did you come to get involved with Ownly One?

I feel like I’m a walking commercial, and when I wear a watch, the world sees it. I can’t tell you how many times people bought certain watches I would wear and would tell me about it: “Yo, I got this cause I saw you with it.” And I’m drawn to the history of fake watches and the business of watches, automatically.

In hip hop, swiss watches are considered jewelry exclusively. Has your perspective on watches changed over the years?

I look at it the way I looked at it when I was younger. They’re fun, they’re great, but also now there’s more sophistication to it, like keeping your watch together, not losing it, taking care of it as something that could last forever.

When was it that you were able to distinguish a watch of quality from just a watch that had a lot of ice in it?

Watches with a lot of ice came into my life a lot later after my love for replica watches, you know? The iced out part is an added on thing from your chain. Some people wore earrings even but I preferred like a pinkie ring. Later on, when I got my pinkie ring and my chain I felt like it was only right to add diamonds to [my watch]. But even in the ’70s, the ’60s, the watches were iced out. A lot of people in hip hop think it started with hip hop… Nah.

Coming up was there ever a point where you borrowed someone else’s watch to front like it was yours?

Oh, for sure. The first person I saw up close and personal with the gold Rolex—no diamonds, just a classic Presidential—who I knew, who was close to my age was a guy named Jason who we called Black Jay. I rap about him on my last album in a song called “You Wouldn’t Understand.” I speak of how he had this watch, I think he’d tell me it cost him seventeen five ($17,500) or something like that, and we were in the projects so that was far out shit! So we went and hung out at the Apollo Theater amateur night and I remember being proud to hang out with somebody who had a super grown up’s watch on. We [both] walked with more maturity and confidence, even though I didn’t have one on my arm, he did.

Later on, Steve Stoute, who was my manager back then, I remember telling him that he should get one—I couldn’t get one at that moment in time but I remember saying someone in the crew has to have one! He knew it as well, automatically. He knew he needed a grown man’s watch. We wanted to be taken seriously in this business. Again, this is before everybody was icing them out, it was just about having a great watch. So Steve had his and I remember borrowing his, for sure.

The uglier side of luxury and luxury items for rappers is that it makes them targets for robbery. Coming up, do remember being cognizant of that?

Yeah, yeah, but that was the whole point of wearing your jewelry, it was a statement. It was a statement to say, “Only a chosen few of us could wear our jewelry.” But it was rappers who would get robbed, athletes who would get robbed—but it was a great feeling for me to wear the biggest chain in the industry at the time, which was my QB medallion, so it was a big thing, it was a great exhilarating feeling to be in places like The Tunnel with all my jewelry on. I felt like that’s what hip hop was all about for me.

One of the selling points of Ownly One is that you’re getting exactly what you paid for. As someone who didn’t come from money or was developing new relationships with salespeople in these arenas, were you ever weary of making these kind of bigger ticket purchases?

Oh for sure, a lot of the jewelry dealers are ghetto-minded. And they can’t remove themselves from operating from a ghetto business standpoint, so things happen like that. And you have to know what you’re asking for and what you’re doing. I partnered with Steven Brown because he’s one of the largest watch dealers in the country and he has a large network to source out some of the most illest timepieces that exist. I have to work with experts, there’s no ghetto business over here.

The latest thing in the news cycle is the Apple Replica Watch, do you think you’ll pick one up?

For sure, I think there’s a gold one that I want.

Is it the technology that appeals to you?

Half and half. I’m still learning, but all the things that that watch can do is the next stage in technological advancement and life. Just with the flick of your wrist you can do most of the things you can do on your phone, that’s what we been looking forward to for the past few decades. There’s been rumors and stuff for years and this is the first time that we’re seeing it in our lifetime and I’m excited about it.

The watches you’d find on Ownly One, who are they for?

They’re for guys like myself who are curious about the watch game. Everybody sees hip hop artists wearing icey chains and stuff and that’s cool, but when you want to walk around day to day, you not wearing an icey watch to your job or to the bar or to your son’s birthday party or your son’s basketball game. You’re not going out like it’s a flashy night if it’s a calm, regular day. People want a watch that will represent them when they step out to dinner with their wife or girlfriend or that lady who likes a good timepiece. This is for that person.

Why is it that you guys chose a vintage Rolex to give away?

A Rolex, that’s a watch many people may want in life but never, ever get and I just felt like, What’s better than to bless somebody with a vintage Replica Rolex? It’s classy to me.

Do you think anything will ever go on to top the prestige of a Replica Rolex?

In time. But no time soon.

What goes into choosing the copy watches that you wear?

There’s so many days in your life but there’s not enough watches to accompany you throughout your life if you want to change them up every day. But that’s the thing that keeps you pushing because if you have a friend that wants to invite you to Cannes, and your finances allow you to take a trip to the watch store and buy yourself a watch to wear on a yacht—or if you’re just an average guy working a 9-5 but you want a cool watch and want to save up for one that’ll last you a lifetime, you get a breitling replica watch that you could wear to every function. So someone like me is in the middle of those two guys.

I was just given a nice watch from my friend Steve Stoute—I don’t have to borrow watches from him like I did in the 90’s—he gave me a vintage Fake Rolex for my last birthday with my kid’s initials on the back of it. The band is animal skin and it’s really nice and it goes well with suits. So it depends on your day, if you’re just going to hang out and have drinks, whatever you feel like. A watch lover wants a watch that goes with that day.