Component of the Tank’s history is that the many significant 20th century figures who have prominently worn it. We won’t (can not) list them all here, but monarchs, politicians, and accurate icons of music and sports have aided the tank achieve its standing and are testament to its success. And these were not “brand ambassadors” as we understand them today, but true lovers of this watch – or those just following a trend, like Andy Warhol, that seemingly did not keep it wound onto his wrist.Cartier Tank watches have comprised a selection of moves above their history, and the earliest models used manually wound Jaeger moves. The first Cartier Watches Reddit Replica Tanks were somewhat stouter than the absolutely (in my view) tasteful proportions of this Tank we understand today, best exemplified by the Tank Louis Cartier that was first introduced in 1922. I have been unable to pinpoint precisely when the predominance of Breguet pomme-style hands gave way to the sword-shaped hands most prevalent on Cartier watches now. Though technically a more recent model, the contemporary Cartier Tank Solo XL is comparable in design to the Tank Louis Cartier and does a good job, I feel, of representing its own heritage.Cartier’s current Tank collection includes six versions: Anglaise, Americaine, Française, Louis Cartier, MC, and Solo. Yet again, the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic in steel on a leather strap reflects the brand’s most affordable mechanical men’s watch. For the album, the least expensive men’s watch overall is – no, not the quartz Tank Solo, however the Cartier Ronde Solo quartz watch seen below at about $2,600. With a 36mm-wide (6.6mm-thick) steel instance (30m water-resistant), the Cartier Ronde Solo quartz watch is little for a great deal of contemporary men’s tastes however is easy, with no fuss, and offers a lot exactly what many people want out of Cartier.
Are we pumped for SIHH 2018 yet? Just like the “holiday shopping season” and beginning around the same time, it seems like the new-product announcements get earlier every year. With still more than a month to go, the 2018 models that we will get to see in Geneva in January have already started coming in. The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch industry trade show, just like its organizing body the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), has continued to grow and evolve each year, adding more brands as well as a day where the show is open to the public for the first time in 2017 – this time around, it will be Friday, January 19th, 2018. Now with a total of 35 brands, SIHH 2018 promises even more variety than in previous years.
You already know that SIHH is one of the two most important events for the watch industry, as its exhibitors – while much fewer than at the biggest industry trade show, Baselworld – represent many major and influential brands, and this is the time of year when they introduce their most important new products. Vis-à-vis Baselworld – where around 300 brands represent the breadth of the watch industry from high-end and mainstream to obscure startups – SIHH has always carefully maintained an image of exclusivity and “prestige.”
So, while a few brands do introduce models in the “mid-level luxury” range that the average person might be able to consider saving up for and possibly actually wearing… you can expect a lot of skeletonization, avant-garde designs, artisanal techniques and haute horology finishing, “high complications,” precious materials, and stratospheric prices. Haute horlogerie is in the name, after all. It has largely been a spectator’s show for fans of high-end watchmaking, but with recent industry trends emphasizing more “down-to-earth” (it’s all relative) models, some balance and variety can at least be hoped for.
The Richemont Group along with some independent brands long represented the handful of SIHH exhibitors. However, the show’s 2016 edition added a “Carré des Horlogers” section with nine “artisan-creators and independent workshops” and expanded that number in 2017. This year, the Carré des Horlogers brands are up to no fewer than 17, with the primary exhibitors (referred to as “Historic Maisons”) at 18 for a total, again, of 35. The primary exhibitors are joined by Hermes, and the Carré des Horlogers adds five brands with Armin Strom, DeWitt, Ferdinand Berthoud, Élégante by F.P.Journe, and Romain Gauthier. See the full list of exhibitors in the image above.
From a media perspective, Baselworld has tended to spread our resources very thinly in past years with simply too much to cover at once, so with some prominent brands having moved from Baselworld to SIHH, we can hope for some balance between the shows. Around 20,000 visitors are expected this year, and the FHH promises improved facilities and connectivity in order to make our job of bringing you high quality content more efficient – so we’ll see what that’s like in January. That’s just a glimpse into our point of view in preparing for the show.
We’ll continue providing news of new products ahead of the show – if mostly only renders and official product images from the brands with basic information before being able to see the watches in person to photograph and evaluate them in their glorious and gritty reality. SIHH 2018 runs from January 15th to the 19th, and again, the last day is open to the public with tickets on sale at the SIHH website. sihh.org