The Cartier Tank Basculante featuring the Frederic Piguet caliber 6.10
First produced in 1932, one year after the famous JLC Reverso was introduced, when it was becoming more fashionable to play sports. Gentlemen began to require watches that could protect the face during polo or golf, spawning a whole group of reversing watches from a number of manufacturers (including the Universal Geneve cabriolet). In addition to being able to reverse, the Basculante had the added feature of being able to sit at a 90° angle effectively making it usable as a travel desk clock.
Reissued in 1999, the tenure was short lived despite having an extraordinarily well designed case and a movement that some WIS believe to be superior to the JLC basic Reverso caliber, the 846. It’s an undervalued beauty too good for it’s time.
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