The Cartier Tank Basculante featuring the Frederic Piguet caliber 6.10

First produced in 1932, one year after the famous JLC Reverso was introduced, when it was becoming more fashionable to play sports. Gentlemen began to require watches that could protect the face during polo or golf, spawning a whole group of reversing watches from a number of manufacturers (including the Universal Geneve cabriolet). In addition to being able to reverse, the Basculante had the added feature of being able to sit at a 90° angle effectively making it usable as a travel desk clock.

Reissued in 1999, the tenure was short lived despite having an extraordinarily well designed case and a movement that some WIS believe to be superior to the JLC basic Reverso caliber, the 846. It’s an undervalued beauty too good for it’s time.

Photos are not my own




by S. Charlie Weyman

Brush the dust off any menswear history book, and inside you’ll find that much of what we wear today can be traced back to either military or work uniforms. Sport coats, for example, originate with hunting in England, neckties with the kerchiefs that Croatian soldiers used to tie around their necks, and jeans from the canvas overalls made for Gold Rush miners in California. Some may be surprised to learn that espadrilles – those casual summer slip-ons that we associate with an easy life on the Riviera – also originate from war and work. Well, sort of. Men have been wearing jute soles for thousands of years, but early versions of the modern espadrille can be found in Spain during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Some say they debuted on the feet of infantrymen in the King of Aragon’s army. Others say they start with peasants in the mountainous regions of Catalonia. Regardless, the originals were not meant for easy living. 

Today, however, espadrilles are worn for leisure.

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