CARTIER Collection Review: Tank Louis, Santos, Panthere & Drive at London Jewelers!

Taking a look at Cartier’s current watch lineup – from the Tank Louis (in two sizes), Santos (in two sizes and metals), Panthere, and Drive.

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Today, we dive into the vast array of pieces that make up the Cartier watch collection (courtesy of London Jewelers).

We start off with the Tank Louis, arguably Cartier’s most notable and iconic watches. It’s the watch the brand is most well known for, and it’s easy to see why. It’s both a highly conservative watch, and also one with some impressively bold design choices. There are two versions on the table today, in different sizes, and while the only real difference beyond the size is the inclusion of a date window on the larger model, the date is well executed enough that it doesn’t become an eyesore on the dial.

From there, we have a look at the new Santos from 2018. It comes in a variety of different case metals, from steel to two-tone to solid gold (rose, in this case). The Santos is an evolution of the Santos Galbee (rather than the more synonymous Dumont, the first wrist watch in history). While the idea of a Cartier sport watch isn’t entirely traditional, the new Santos certainly comes as close as the brand is likely to get. Well, with one exception…

The Cartier Drive is the brand’s first proper sport watch that feels like a Cartier (we’re leaving the Calibre out of this one). It’s a 38mm steel watch in principle, but wears larger thanks to an expansive silver dial. It features the classic Cartier dial layout, a case that is not any one traditional shape, and comes on a dark blue alligator strap.

Then there’s the Panthere de Cartier, recently revamped, which feels much more in the heritage of the original Santos Dumont with its elegant, slender case that still feels sporty. Though the modern comes on a bracelet that matches the case metal, throwing it on leather definitely brings the wearer back to a time long since passed. Part of this also comes from the size, sub 36mm and with a short lug-to-lug distance that defines it as a woman’s watch by modern standards, but without any of the inherent bling or gaudiness so many women’s watches today are notorious for.

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