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Watches and Wonders 2022: A review on the Cartier Privé Tank Chinoise Skeleton Lacquered.

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I will say it straight, this Tank Chinoise Skeleton is one of the watches which pleased me the most, this year. I must confess that I don't know a lot about Cartier and that only a few watches from this brand have caught my attention, but here, I have strongly fallen in love. And, second surprise, the yellow gold version too! 

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Almost every detail is exquisite, here.
 
The case, first, which is a sublime contrast between polished ( the side case and lugs ) and brushed ( the bezel and the upper part of the lugs ) and also the shapes, curved and angular. 
The dimensions are perfect for a normal wrist, not too small nor too big for watches of this class: 39, 59 mm long, 29, 2 mm large and 7, 7 mm high. And it is water resistant enough for a normal use ( 30 meters ). 
Cherry on the cake, a red ruby cabochon is adorning the crown of the platinum version, while, on the yellow gold, it is a blue sapphire. 

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The dial is the part of the watch which pleases me the most, with these lacquered bridges " covering " the skeleton movement. The shape of these bridges, the red and black lacquer ( for the yellow gold ) or blue and red ( for the platinum version ) add a crazy class, elegance, and also some originality. 

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The movement is the Cal 9627 which comes from Piaget, I think. Skeletonized, it oozes class. Manual winding, it beats at 21, 600 alternances per hour and offers a power reserve of 38 hours.

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Limited to 100 pieces for the platinum and the yellow gold version, they won't be easy to score, I think. 20 pieces were made in platinum, but jeweled. 

Between the platinum and the yellow gold versions, my heart goes for the platinum, but I must say that the yellow gold is dangerously tempting, too. 

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The only part of the watch which didn't convince me is the strap. I find it too large for this kind of watch. I would also go for a tapered one, too, to enhance its refinement. 

Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts,

Best.

Nicolas

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ifraher July 1st, 2022-08:35
The 'standard' versions are really nice The platinum in particular, a more muscular Tank
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amanico July 1st, 2022-08:55
Yes, not bad, but the skeletons are a step above, in my opinion. 
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Gelato Monster July 1st, 2022-09:42
i am not warm metal but IMHO this one is most gorgeous in gold 
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amanico July 1st, 2022-10:34
I do understand that very well. 
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Geo July 1st, 2022-10:23
These Skeleton versions of the Tank Chinoise are amazing, especially the way they are built and how the caliber fits the case of the watch. The caliber looks so good on both sides. The plain dials from the standard version did not please me at all. GEO
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amanico July 1st, 2022-10:34
I must confess that I didn't pay any attention to them. I saw the plain dials, but it did nothing to me. At the contrary of these Skeletons which are dangerously tempting... 
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ArmisE July 1st, 2022-12:03
Does the platinum piece feel weighty/heavy, or relatively light for a small watch? 
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amanico July 1st, 2022-15:04
No, not heavy. Platinum gives a very pleasant density to this watch. 
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Chronometer (aka yacomino) July 1st, 2022-14:46
Let’s of charms here that’s for sure 
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amanico July 1st, 2022-15:05
Thanks for reading, Chronometer. 
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