Finally I was able to get hold of the new Tank MC, four weeks after the watch was announced and after my article with the first press pictures was posted, that you can find HERE at Revolution. At the SIHH there was already a rumour that a mainstream Tank would be released, so I could not wait having this watch in my hands.

When you go thru the following pictures, please bear in mind, that the crown was pulled out and the watches were all set at 9 minutes past 10. ideal setting for photography. I did however not push the crown back, when I started to shoot, to prevent them from running. So in normal life, the crown is closer to the side of the case!

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The mainstream version of the Tank MC has now arrived in the Boutiques, in four different versions. A steel version with cream- or black dial and the pink gold version with cream- or chocolate dial. As I was hoping for, dials have that very nice guilloche, where Cartier is famous for. No visual difference between the gold and the steel version. The guilloche is absolute gorgeous. Unfortunately the pink gold with chocolate dial was not available for pictures, but I am sure that the guilloche will bethe same as I saw on the black dial version of the Tank MC.

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I was pleasantly surprised, this is a really cool watch! And I am sure that many men will agree with me that this is a Tank that has all the masculine aspects a watch can have and still has the elegance and refinement of a Cartier Tank. And it demonstrates clearly that a men’s watch does not need to be huge, since the new MC is certainly not small, but absolutely not fashionable large.

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The slightly curved case of the watch has a new design and a completely new construction, but the strong lines and crown are reminiscent of the later versions, of the very first Cartier Tank: the ‘Tank Normale’, now updated to the 21st century. With modest dimensions of 44 x 34.3mm and 9.5mm thick, the MC has a size that will fit any wrist and actually also suit any occasion. Even under a cuffed shirt, the watch behaves very well!

I find that dark dials of some of the Cartier models are not always very easy to read that’s why I usually avoid them. However this is absolute not so with the black version of the Tank MC. Almost under any angle the time was very good readable, what makes it a very attractive and more sporty watch, for daily use in the office etc.

The ‘sub seconds @ 6′, is a neat complication that gives the dial a masculine touch.  A classic Tank dial looks stunning and uncluttered without the large sweep seconds and this ‘petite complication’, gives the new Tank MC a very high tech look. Cartier used this neat complication in other Tanks as well.

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We have seen sub seconds @ 6 in one of the vintage  Tank Normale models and also the Tank American Collection, around 1988, had a smaller version, with quartz movement,  and a sub sec. @ 6. That was also a cool watch and very trendy at the time. I remember that Spanish tenor Placido Domingo was one of the first men, wearing this Tank.

As for the date window; here commerce has unfortunately won from aesthetics, since the dial would have looked way better and more in balance if the digit III would have remained in tact. But most men seem to prefer to have a watch with a date, so this new good looking addition to the Tank line, got a date window @ 3.

Inside, the case houses the 1904 MC-PS automatic caliber, (Manufacture Cartier – Petite seconde) developed by Cartier and build completely in house. This caliber that has been endlessly discussed in the magazines, was first introduced in 2010 in the ‘Calibre de Cartier’ watch, The movement is now the foundation for other calibers like the 1904-CH MC, that powers the Calibre chronograph and for the 9914MC caliber, that was used for the Tortue Multiple Timezone watch. The 1904 MC-PS is a strong workhorse and since it is in use with the Calibre watch, it has been proved to be very reliable. Water resistance is 30 meters and the power reserve is up to 48 hours.

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With its sturdy construction and its techno look, this new Tank MC, here pictured with the medium Tank Anglaise, is a typical men’s only watch, that can adapt to any occasion, from sports to business and……it is Cartier’s first steel Tank with a Manufacture movement! The Tank Anglaise will be the second model, when it becomes available in steel. Pricing of the steel version of the Tank MC, is just under that of a steel Santos 100, so the watch offers excellent value for money!

When the first, pretty bad photographs, of the back of the watch, became available on internet, there were quite some complains, mainly that the sapphire window was rectangle, while the movement is round. Cartier could of course have chosen for a closed back, or a back with a round port hole window, like the Tank Americaine XL has. Northing wrong with that, but this rectangle window, where the Geneva stripes of the caliber continue, is in my opinion, a new and very smart and creative idea. It gives the back of the watch, a cool and techno look.

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Pictures are very important and especially when a watch is new and still unknown, but they can also give the wrong impression, which was the case with this new style of a glass see thru back. When seeing it in the flesh, I am sure most folks will like it.

Inside the case works the 1904 MC-PS automatic caliber, (Manufacture Cartier – Petite seconde) developed by Cartier and build completely in house. This caliber that has been endlessly discussed in the magazines, was first introduced in 2010 in the ‘Calibre de Cartier’ watch, The movement is now the foundation for other calibers like the 1904-CH MC, that powers the Calibre chronograph and for the 9914MC caliber, that was used for the Tortue Multiple Timezone watch. The 1904 MC-PS is a strong workhorse and since it is in use with the Calibre watch, it has been proved to be very reliable. Water resistance is 30 meters and the power reserve is up to 48 hours.

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The sturdy construction and the techno look, made this new Tank MC is a typical men’s only watch, that can adapt to any occasion, from sports to business and……it is Cartier’s first steel Tank with a Manufacture movement!

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Pricing of the Tank MC in steel on leather strap and deployant buckle, is just under that of a steel Santos 100, so this new Tank MC, as pictured here on my wrist under a cuffed shirt,  offers excellent value for money.

I may not have been thát enthusiastic about the Tank Anglaise, when it was released;  this new Tank MC is an absolute winner that I would love to wear everyday. White dial and steel case, what else would one need?

 


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