At the Baselworld 2012, Cartier will be presenting the new Tank Folle hand-wound ladies watch, a reincarnation of the legendary Cartier Crash from the late 1960s. Clearly influenced by Salvador Dali’s “liquid” clocks, the original watch was an homage to one of Cartier of London senior managers who died in a car crash. His wrist watch was deformed by fire to a degree of melting and some other member of staff took the destroyed timekeeper as a source of inspiration.
The 18K carat, white gold case is made from sapphire crystal, is water resistant to thirty meters, and is powered by a manual-wind Cartier caliber MC 8970 movement. The dial, which features Roman numerals, is decorated with 51 white diamonds weighing more than 1.6 carats. This surprising, creative and stylish Tank collection is available in a limited series of 200 timepieces.