Style classics: The Cartier Tank watch inspired by World War I

Style classics: The Cartier Tank watch inspired by World War I

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07:58 GMT, 11 October 2012

The Cartier Tank can lay claim to being one of the most sought-after and sleekly designed wrist watches of all time.

When it was launched in 1919, the feminine curves of art nouveau held sway, so its square, undecorated face felt totally new.

Initially, the design had no name, but it soon emerged that Cartier had taken inspiration from the bird’s eye view of a World War I tank’s square cockpit, and the moniker stuck.

Cartier took inspiration from the birds eye view of a World War I tanks square cockpit, the new 2012 model (left) has had a modern update

Cartier took inspiration from the birds eye view of a World War I tanks square cockpit, the new 2012 model (left) has had a modern update

Cartier took inspiration from the bird’s eye view of a World War I tank’s square cockpit, the new 2012 model (left) has had a modern update

The Tank has graced the wrist of almost every style icon you can name.

Greta Garbo and Grace Kelly were fans, and President Kennedy gave one to his First Lady in 1963 inscribed: ‘To Jackie, love Jack.’

President Kennedy gave a Cartier watch to his First Lady in 1963

President Kennedy gave a Cartier watch to his First Lady in 1963

Prince William is said to have learned to tell the time on his mother Diana's Cartier watch

Prince William is said to have learned to tell the time on his mother Diana's Cartier watch

Prince William is said to have learned to tell the time on his mother Diana’s.

Not surprisingly, the Tank is still one of the luxury jewellery house’s top-sellers.

The most recent update is 2012’s Tank Anglaise, a more curved design than the original, which starts at 15,000 for a yellow gold version.