This Iconic Watch Turned 100, and Here’s Why We’re Still Obsessed with It
Everyone, from Andy Warhol to Princess Diana, from Madonna to Yves Saint Laurent, has worn one. Its elongated rectangle bucked the norm of round-faced watches, and its sleek silhouette lives on as one of the most recognizable timepieces in the history of fashion. This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Cartier Tank watch, born from the mind of Louis Cartier himself in 1917. Here, the Tank worn by style icons throughout the decades.
Jackie Onassis in 1969
The former First Lady is best known for her minimalist, streamlined aesthetic, and the slender, leather Tank watch fit right in.
Princess Diana in 1991
As a British royal, Princess Diana lived in the public eye, but she chose to wear her leather-banded timepiece with bolder items, veering from the traditional, solid-colored skirt suit favored by the queen.
Michelle Obama in 2009
Unlike the other stately women, this First Lady preferred a metal-bracelet Tank to shine alongside her rich, colorful wardrobe.
Emmanuel Alt in 2016
Lastly, there's the epitome of Parisian chic: the French Vogue editor-in-chief. Alt is often photographed coming out of fashion shows in a pair of her signature black pants, right alongside her leather watch. So, happy birthday, Tank! Here’s to hoping we look as good at 100 as you.