Cartier Tank Allongee McQueen
The Cartier brand has embodied luxury since its establishment in 1847. Over the years, it has consistently delivered bespoke and one-of-a-kind jewelry to the world’s elite clientele. This commitment to excellence allowed Cartier to flourish throughout the 19th century, expanding its offerings to include exquisite wristwatches.
While Cartier is most renowned for its iconic Tank Louis timepiece, the brand’s history is replete with eclectic references that are equally captivating and often much rarer than the classic Tank.
One such masterpiece is the Cartier Tank Allongee, which made its debut in the 1920s under the guidance of Louis Cartier himself. This period marked a significant expansion for Cartier’s watch department, giving rise to legendary models like the Allongee, Cintree, Cloche, and Basculante. The Tank Allongee, whose name translates to “Elongated Tank,” reimagined the traditional Tank style with subtle yet striking elongation.
In the world of horology, Steve McQueen is a well-known figure, celebrated for the watches he sported both on and off the silver screen. However, one of his classiest timepieces often goes unnoticed in discussions about the legendary actor’s collection. That watch is the Cartier Tank Allongee 18K Gold Plaque, famously featured in the 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair.” This timepiece was exclusively designed by Cartier New York for the American market and enjoyed a limited production run in the 1960s and early 1970s. Today, only a fraction of these rare Cartier models remain, with fewer than 1000 believed to have been made.
Distinguished by its exceptionally long and slender proportions, complete with a unique curve, the Cartier Tank Allongee is frequently mistaken for the more commercially recognized Tank Cintree. However, upon closer examination, it becomes evident that this Allongee model possesses several distinctive attributes, chief among them being its case construction housing the ETA Cal. 2412 manual wind movement.
Given its scarcity, captivating design, and cultural significance, the Cartier Tank Allongee 18K Gold Plaque remains an undervalued gem. The example presented here is exceptionally well-preserved and impressive, making it a unique addition to any collection.
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