Transparent Tank

Inspired by the shape of a WW1 French tank 105 years ago, calling the design of the Santos de Cartier Skeleton Watch iconic is a massive understatement.
Words by Bill Lindsey | November 22, 2022 | Luxury

The unmistakable silhouette of Louis Cartier’s tank watch, a style imitated by hordes of competitors but never quite equaled, is the epitome of classic style, but has now evolved to a higher plane. By utilizing a transparent dial and case back, the Santos de Cartier Skeleton Watch wearer can now observe the mechanism at work from any angle, a feature not typically found in a fairly sedate timepiece often worn by reserved executives. This small step transforms the watch into performance art, as the blued-steel, sword-shaped hands delicately revolve past the “bridges” bearing the hours in Roman numerals, above the spinning gears. It’s certainly no dive watch, but being water-resistant to 330’ means it can be worn under pretty much any conditions; Louis would be proud;