“I don’t wear a Tank watch to tell the time. In fact I never wind it. I wear a Tank watch because it’s the watch to wear,” revealed Andy Warhol in 1973. The art-world trickster wasn’t the first and won’t be the last to fall for Cartier’s classic timepiece, originally created in 1917. Revolutionary for its time and still trundling, the Tank was so named for a good reason: it was the world’s first square wristwatch.
We learned as much at a dinner to unveil the newest model, the Tank Anglaise, at Glass House overlooking the Hudson river. And when you’ve enlisted The Spotted Pig’s avant-chef April Bloomfield to personally cater your three-course dinner, you might as well make it a learning experience. As explained by Emmanuel Perrin, CEO of Cartier North America, and the various vitrines placed around the room, everyone from screen legends Elizabeth Taylor and Ingrid Bergman to iconoclasts Truman Capote and Madonna strapped one on. As for us, we’ll take the oh-so-discreet diamond-encrusted model, thankyouverymuch.