Today, watches have become much more unisex than before. Women are wearing 40-44mm watches without a problem. I love big watches on women because it just looks incredibly hot, especially on the right woman.
For Christmas, I helped a good client acquire the Cartier Lds Tank Americaine in 18kyg on a gorgeous alligator strap and I was blown away with how sophisticated elegant and timeless this watch is. Don’t get me wrong, this watch isn’t tiny by any stretch of the imagination, but it has a lady like delicate and refined look without being too small at almost 35 mm.
Personally, I prefer the 18k rose gold case, but the yellow gold case is just as nice. Everything from the silver grained dial, to the timeless jet black Cartier roman numerals and the silvered blue hands make this watch symmetric, classic and a great alternative to a Rolex Datejust. In fact, I think this watch is very underrated for what it is. Since Cartier is getting much more well versed and appreciated for their in house mechanical movements, it would be nice to see this size watch in a manual wind variation. The medium and larger variations of this model have self-selfwinding movements, but this watch has a battery driven quartz movement and is fitted on a gorgeous Cartier red alligator strap. Separate alligator straps can be purchased for under $400 and silk ones can be purchased for under $300 to add versatility and character.
All in all, if you are looking for a nice ladies watch in 18k yellow or rose gold in the ten thousand dollar price range and want something that’s rectangular instead of the traditional round, this Cartier Tank Americaine will be the perfect watch for you.
Technical details of the Cartier Tank Americaine 18kyg ref #W2601556
Case in 18K yellow gold
octagonal crown in 18K yellow gold set with a faceted sapphire
silver grained dial
sword-shaped blued-steel hands
alligator-skin strap, ardillon buckle in 18K yellow gold
quartz movement Cartier caliber 157
water resistant to 30 meters / 100 feet.
Case dimensions: 34.8×19 mm, 6.33 mm thick.