All About the Cartier Tank Must Collection

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Here at Banks Lyon, we are lucky enough to stock some of the most sought-after jewellery brands in the world. Within this, we have an extensive list of prestigious watch labels, so you’re sure to find the one that’s the perfect match for you. One of the brands that we’re proud to stock is Cartier, who we’re certain you’ll know and have already fallen in love with.

Founded in 1847, Cartier established themselves as jewellery makers in Paris, attracting an affluent clientele with their luxury pieces. As they grew, they introduced ladies’ wristwatches to their catalogue, with the first Cartier watch being made for a friend of founder, Louis Cartier, in 1902. Since then, the company have never failed to impress, and have defined themselves as one of the most sought-after watch and jewellery makers for aristocracy, royalty, and celebrities worldwide.

Today, we’re here to talk about one collection in particular that we at Banks Lyon know you’ll love – Cartier Tank Must.

The Cartier Tank Must Collection

The original Tank collection by Cartier was created in 1917, when Louis Cartier took inspiration from Renault tanks, which he saw in use on the Western Front during the First World War. The influence can be seen on the watch cases, specifically on the vertical sidebars, which are known within the collection as ‘brancards’.

The Tank has seen many changes over the years, with multiple ranges within the collection being introduced including the Tank Americaine, the Tank Francaise, and of course, the Tank Must.

The Tank Must was first introduced in the late 1970s and was named as such after Cartier decided that they had to tempt their customers with the best, “must-have” accessories in order to advance as a brand and define themselves as quality, reliable watch makers.

In 1977, the first Cartier Tank Must watch sold and from there on, the company flourished. They raised annual sales from 3,000 to 160,000 watches after the introduction of this range. Clearly, the Tank Must was a hit and Cartier quickly became one of the most influential and sought-after watch brands in the world.

We are proud to stock such a prestigious brand here at Banks Lyon – that is why today we’re showing off some of the Tank Must watches we have on sale on your website and in our stunning showrooms. Let’s take a look.

Cartier Tank Louis

Step back in time to the 1920s and feel the art deco inspiration for yourself when you wear the Cartier Tank Louis with pride. Named after the founder of the brand, this watch is one of Cartier’s most opulent pieces from the Tank Must collection.

Here at Banks Lyon, we stock the stunning model pictured, complete with 18ct gold 22mm watch case. Its quality leather strap fits comfortably on the wrist and displays the eye-catching silver dial complete with classic Roman numerals. You are sure to stand out with this timeless piece. Find its full specifications on our website to see if this is the watch for you.


Cartier De Cartier

Here at Banks Lyon, we stock a wide range of Cartier Tank Must watches – including a variety of their Cartier De Cartier pieces. From ladies’, to men’s, to unisex, we have a watch to suit everyone. The piece you see pictured on the left is one of their extra-large unisex models.

This classic watch has an impressive list of features and specifications including Sapphire Crystal, which is an extremely durable glass, second to diamond in its hardness. Additionally, its stainless-steel bracelet is complemented beautifully by the blued-steel sword-shaped hands, and tied together with the strong, black Roman numerals giving it a modern, yet classic look.

Image: Cartier Tank Must de Cartier Watch

Another of our Cartier De Cartier models from the Tank Must collection is this ladies’ edition. Complete with the stainless-steel watch case and blued steel sword-shaped hands much like the above model, this piece is a must-have for women who desire timeless jewellery.

The black leather strap is elegant and effortlessly stylish, giving the prestigious lasting impression of Cartier that makes them such a sought-after brand. This piece in particular has a Quartz movement powered by a battery, however if self-winding automatic movement watches are more your thing, we have plenty.

Image: Cartier Tank Must de Cartier Watch

We hope that this has given you everything you need to know about the Tank Must collection by Cartier and you’re now set on which one will be your next watch.

With our help, you can join the long list of stars who wear their Cartier watches with pride. Here at Banks Lyon, we stock some of the brand’s most impressive watches so come and browse our collection today – you’re guaranteed to find the watch that’s right for you.

If you have any questions about the Cartier Tank Must watches, or any other of our luxury ranges, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always more than happy to answer your queries or just have a chat.