Cartier is the famous luxury watchmaker that over the years has created some of the most iconic timepieces ever. One of its most recognizable models is the Tank Francaise that emphasizes the brand’s focus on modern design aesthetic and peerless accuracy. Its rich heritage is the result of decades of innovative work, excellent watchmaking skills and unique style.
The contemporary Tank Francaise comes with a chain-link bracelet, a captivating curved rectangular case, a seamlessly elegant square dial and Cartier’s trademark sword-shaped blue steel hands. This stunning model is available with a mechanical, automatic or quartz movement, just as it comes in a small, medium or large case size. The Tank Fracaise is all about luxurious versatility and a fresh youthful spirit.
Even though at first look, the Tank Francaise may seem like a simple timepiece, its design is spectacularly intricate. It has minor aesthetic details that enhance its sophistication and a nice doze of refinement. The dial is famous for its square shape, wavy pattern and large Roman numerals. And these key elements are not that simple to imitate. This is why when you are considering buying a Cartier Tank Francaise replica you should pay really good attention to all the aesthetic details. For example, when looking at the pictures of this authentic Cartier and its replica you notice that the hour markers are not correctly aligned with the minutes indexes and that the date window was added at 6 o’clock even though the authentic watch doesn’t have it. Indeed, the wavy pattern of the dial is correctly cloned, the blue hands look pretty good and the “Cartier” name is printed accurately, but there are numerous other things that can make your replica look like a cheap imitation.
Cartier is notorious for its rectangular shaped case that has beautifully rounded corners. The company uses high grade steel for manufacturing it and it completes its elegant design by adding a beautiful brushed finish. An integrated part of the case is the unique winding crown that is always decorated with a magnificent blue stone at the top. On this replica, the winding crown is poorly cloned. The picture of the authentic Tank Francaise clearly shows that the crown is manufactured from yellow gold, has an octagonal shape with rounded easy grip sides and a raised top part set with a synthetic spinel cabochon. The replica didn’t get this section of the watch correctly as it comes with a hexagonal crown that has angular easy grip sides and is completely manufactured from stainless steel. Its design is more simplistic than the one of the genuine timepiece and the blue cabochon is less raised.
Regarding the 18 k yellow gold and stainless steel bracelet there is no visible difference between the replica and the original Tank Francaise. When you look at these two you see the same aesthetics: a middle brushed section where thin yellow gold links alternate with thick stainless steel links and an outer portion that has narrow and long polished links.
The beauty of a luxury timepiece lays in its details. The more discrete and sophisticated its design is the more it captivates. This is the secret of the Cartier tank Francaise. It is an elegant and gracious watch that has created a unique identity for itself by mixing resolutely refined style with outstanding precision.
Last modified: October 15, 2017