After yesterday’s post, I pulled out my Cartier Tank Americaine. I haven’t worn it in well over a year and it needs a new battery — plus, my Rolex could use a rest and a feminine watch looks good right now. The grounds of Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House reopen April 16 and I’m going to head over and wander. My daughter and I loved the Alice Neel: People Come First exhibition at The Met and I’ve preordered the paperback reissue of Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty. And, this version of the Louis Vuitton NéoNoé is just really good.
Funny you mentioned your Tank. I took mine into Cartier yesterday for a new battery and strap, which it seems to requires every four years like, pardon the pun, clock work!
This time it was very different. I had to book a month in advance for day and time slot. In Toronto they are open by appt only right now. So it was both an outing and a private experience ~ all alone in Cartier, just me and my watch.
It’s almost 20 years old and I will love it forever. (Hope so, I opted for a tan instead of usual black strap;)
I work at the Glass House and will be on the lookout for you. Thanks for the shout out.
I, too am a Cartier Tank fan — I’m currently on my third.
And that Noe is very special indeed.
Your post inspired me to take out my Cartier too!
I just left a remark on your IG post about the Cartier Panthere resurgence. I am trying to understand why it’s so popular. I have a tank Francaise in steel and gold and never wear it since COVID. I do love the combination of the watch and Love bracelet together. If I had a black leather band Americaine, I would pair it with a leather Love bracelet in a hot skinny minute. Also stacking with Hermès leather bracelets is also one of my favorite looks.
First, I like the phrase, ‘hot skinny minute.’ Clever speech is almost extinct these days, it’s so exciting when someone says something spontaneous and quasi-original! : ))
Second, I would love to see a photo of the watch, leather bands and bracelet combinations Tracy is describing. I’m trying to visualize this – sounds very chic.
Third, I just returned from NY. Changes were striking – and not in a good way.
Oooh, that bag!
I like my Cartier Panthere watch very much. I wear it with an Ole Lynggaard pearl nature bracelet. A little bit different to pairing it back with another Cartier piece. It is important to wear what you like not just what is dictated by taste arbitrators.
Hello Preston, my husband surprised me with a gold Cartier tank with a black lizard strap several years ago. I am sorry to say it hasn’t gotten much wear…at first I was “saving it” and then I wasn’t sure about the black band., it looked jarring and severe on my wrist. As I have gotten into my sixties I have slowly been removing all black from my closet, as it feels too harsh for me anymore.
In your opinion, would I be ruining the iconic look of my Cartier if I changed the strap to something a little softer in color? Or, should I just make up my mind to wear it as is? As you know, It is a lovely feminine watch.
Hi Patricia, Susan put a tan strap on her Tank, which is super chic. Put on a strap that you love so you’ll wear the watch, it’s meant to be worn. I posted a picture of mine on IG yesterday and it is certainly worn.
NYC will be just fine, we’ve come back from far worse. NYS is doing a tremendous job of vaccinating folks quickly. Right now 30 and above are eligible and on 4/6 16 and above. Hope everyone is doing well, xp
I have 4 alligator straps in different colours, tan and red are terrific, usually I wear black but tan or another colour in the summer is just right. My tank is 45 years old and I am still wondering how back then, quality and precision of finishing was so much better, stones setting and quality, sapphire cabochon a natural one instead of synthetic…Now, Cartier watches (and all the other “luxury” brands), especially the ones with battery power movement, are unfortunately mass products. Reinvented a bit every few decades, poorer and poorer quality.
I love my ‘old’ watches but the cost of servicing them and replacing bits is more than the cost of the watch sometimes (maybe not if adjusted for inflation). And I am glad to see that smaller faces are becoming more popular. I love and wear both oversized and small looks anyways.