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What is CPCP? That is a lovely watch, Dino.
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I traded my Speedmaster 9300 + cash in for a BLNR a week ago, and I'm very happy with my decision.

Great watch!  Congrats on your BLNR!  You owe us some wrist shots ;)

 

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What is CPCP? That is a lovely watch, Dino.

Hi Moo,

 

Thank you.  CPCP stands for Collection Privee Cartier Paris.  It was Cartier's high end watch line, which drew inspiration from many of the the famous designs of the past.  Watches from this line had a rather limited production, for example my Louis Cartier Tank XL is one of 200 made in RG.  They also made 50 in platinum.  Most used top quality movements from JLC, Piaget, F.Piguet, THA, and then finished them to their own standards.  One or two models also used in house movements.  Most also have guilloche dials with a "rose" motif at the center and have the word Paris on the dial much like their original watches did years ago.  This collection contained everything from time only pieces, to chronographs, perpetual calendars and minute repeaters.  

 

This collection was in Cartier speak "Retired" when they introduced their "Fine Watchmaking Collection," which contains all in house movements.  However, many avid Cartier collectors I know lament the loss of the CPCP watches and prefer them to what is offered in the Fine Watchmaking Collection.  Cheers!

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Nice write ups of varying points, thanks. And nice pics Dino.

I'm considering several, one is the Rose Gold Solo XL. This is about the same price as the TTR1931 I was drooling over a few pages back.



Then for above $10k, the Rose Gold Louis Extra-Flat, I like the extra flat part, ~5mm thick.



And for the cheapest alternative and going with steel, the regular auto Solo XL. I believe this is less than $4k retail these days so as Dino says, not a bad price at all.



I've always wanted to add a rose gold watch though and I feel that tank style might be the best option.
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Great watch!  Congrats on your BLNR!  You owe us some wrist shots wink.gif

Thanks. It's not on my wrist today but here's a shot I took playing with a loupe and my phone's camera the other day:
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Nice write ups of varying points, thanks. And nice pics Dino.

I'm considering several, one is the Rose Gold Solo XL. This is about the same price as the TTR1931 I was drooling over a few pages back.



Then for above $10k, the Rose Gold Louis Extra-Flat, I like the extra flat part, ~5mm thick.



And for the cheapest alternative and going with steel, the regular auto Solo XL. I believe this is less than $4k retail these days so as Dino says, not a bad price at all.



I've always wanted to add a rose gold watch though and I feel that tank style might be the best option.

Just so you are aware, the rose gold Tank Solo, does use steel for part of the case.  I do not believe its gold plated, but possibly the case back is steel on the Tank Solo.  You would need to check on this yourself as I've never looked at that model.  However, in the on line description when you click on the word "details" it says case in 18Kt pink gold and steel.

 

If you do not have a pink gold or rose gold watch, I highly recommend choosing one.  I tend to wear round steel for daily use, but I love having dress watches in both a non round shape and rose gold.  Its feels a bit more dressy than if I had a white metal round watch, because its both a change in color and shape.  I suppose its like going from a good pair of sneakers to a fine pair of dress shoes.  

 

Wishing you luck with whatever you decide.  Cheers! 

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RFX, of the two, I like the Louis more, based solely on looks.
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RFX, of the two, I like the Louis more, based solely on looks.

+1  The Louis Cartier Tank XL is the classic case that most people think of when they hear Cartier Tank.  I also think its cleaner looking without the date and seconds hand.  It cost more, but you then get the F.Piguet movement and the entire case is gold (not to mention, it is pretty cool to have a rectangular ultra-think, most ultra thins I've seen in recent years are round). 

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Thanks for the suggestions and the tip about the Solo not being a solid gold.

Will try and visit the AD today or this weekend and see which ones I can't take of my wrist.
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I'm really really contemplating a Tank Solo XL. In steel though
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Just so you are aware, the rose gold Tank Solo, does use steel for part of the case.  I do not believe its gold plated, but possibly the case back is steel on the Tank Solo.  You would need to check on this yourself as I've never looked at that model.  However, in the on line description when you click on the word "details" it says case in 18Kt pink gold and steel.

This is correct....gold case (not plated) with a steel back.

I tried one recently as part of my .....*ahem* .... "ongoing research" ....

Pretty decent watch, if you're okay with the movement, and obviously that bit of steel keeps the price down.




And I also tried the Louis Cartier Tank XL, shown below. (Please forgive the plastic, but I didn't want to make the AD remove it, as I was mainly trying to compare size and wrist presence).

It's quite nice. The dial is more of a cream color vs. the silver dial of the Tank Solo.

The Romans are also spaced differently on the Tank XL, with a little more dial showing around the edges:






It's a pretty large lug width for its shape....not sure the size exactly, but I'd say this one wears large overall.

As Dino likes to point out, with the rectangular shapes, it's an absolute MUST to try before you buy.

They really are trickier in terms of how they sit and feel on the wrist (see recent discussion here on TWAT re: JLC Reversos).
Edited by Keith T - 9/12/14 at 2:34pm
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I'm really really contemplating a Tank Solo XL. In steel though

For a steel watch dress watch, its really a tough watch to beat especially at that price.  Wishing you luck with your decision. 

 

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And I also tried the Louis Cartier Tank XL, shown below. 

It's quite nice. The dial is more of a cream color vs. the silver dial of the Tank Solo.

It's a pretty large lug width for it's shape....not sure the size exactly, but I'd say this one wears large overall.

As Dino likes to point out, with the rectangular shapes, it's an absolute MUST to try before you buy.

They really are trickier in terms of how they sit and feel on the wrist (see recent discussion here on TWAT re: JLC Reversos).

The dial is silver, but its does have a cream tone to it.  Unlike the previous CPCP Tank XL, this has a smooth dial, without a guilloche.

The dimensions of the current Tank XL Ultra thin are 40.4mm x 34.92 x 5.1.  Rectangular & square watches always wear larger than round ones 

so the numbers can be deceiving and its important to try them on to see how they feel.

 

Wishing you luck with your "Research."

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Couldn't help it, made a quick run at the AD to check out the Cartiers. No purchases yet though.

I must say, the Tank Solo Large fit me the best. The rose gold in that size would have been perfect if it had the automatic movement, just kind of hard to pull that trigger on a $5k quartz, rose gold or not.

Next that really stood out to me is the Solo XL auto in steel, Dino pretty much read my mind that for a retail for $3700 (and what I feel I can talk it down to) it is almost a no brainer. As much as I want the rose gold tank, I am not sure it is worth the extra $5k for the Solo XL auto especially with the case back being steel. Was surprised that the SA actually told me right off the bat that the back is indeed steel, she gets major props from for that. Fits nicely too, not too big and not as nice as the Large version but very doable.

Sad to say but the Louis XL landed in last place for me, beautiful rose gold, clean dial and I love how thin it is but it was much more square in person hence it looks bigger on my puny wrist (damn you scrawny wrist!). Almost like a slim Monaco on my wrist but actually looks slightly bigger.

If I were to decide today, the clear winner might just be the steel Solo XL. That could easily change tomorrow but I might just pull the trigger on that steel eventually and go rose gold on something else.

Welp that was my watch adventure for the day, to be continued tomorrow...
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Couldn't help it, made a quick run at the AD to check out the Cartiers. No purchases yet though.

I must say, the Tank Solo Large fit me the best. The rose gold in that size would have been perfect if it had the automatic movement, just kind of hard to pull that trigger on a $5k quartz, rose gold or not.

Next that really stood out to me is the Solo XL auto in steel, Dino pretty much read my mind that for a retail for $3700 (and what I feel I can talk it down to) it is almost a no brainer. As much as I want the rose gold tank, I am not sure it is worth the extra $5k for the Solo XL auto especially with the case back being steel. Was surprised that the SA actually told me right off the bat that the back is indeed steel, she gets major props from for that. Fits nicely too, not too big and not as nice as the Large version but very doable.

Sad to say but the Louis XL landed in last place for me, beautiful rose gold, clean dial and I love how thin it is but it was much more square in person hence it looks bigger on my puny wrist (damn you scrawny wrist!). Almost like a slim Monaco on my wrist but actually looks slightly bigger.

If I were to decide today, the clear winner might just be the steel Solo XL. That could easily change tomorrow but I might just pull the trigger on that steel eventually and go rose gold on something else.

Well that was my watch adventure for the day, to be continued tomorrow...

Love that you had to run down and check them out!  :cheers:

 

I the new ultra thin Tank XLs are thinner than mine, but slightly larger in length and width.  So if you have a small wrist it may look or feel a bit large.  My old XL is a perfect fit, for me.  I'm not sure if I would want to go with a larger size.  The model with the date and power reserve is the size of my old Tank XL...but I know the rg model with complications is now well over $20K, and personally I think its a watch that looks better as a time only piece.  The Solo is a nice piece for the money.  Anyway, thanks for the update and hope you have fun conducting your research! 

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Thanks, it is always fun to have a bunch of watches lined up to try on. I tried on the BLNR too and it is definitely calling me. The blue OP is another that it right there yelling right behind the BLNR.

And for reference my wrist is just about 6" in circumference so it is damn tiny, I am glad that it is at least more flat than round so I could usually accommodate up to 40mm round watches. When trying on the tanks, I couldn't tighten any of the straps up because they were simply too long. lol8[1].gif
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