Given the shared French chicness, you’d assume Timothée Chalamet has been working with AAA US Cartier replica watches for years. In actual fact, the watchmaker’s ‘Friend of the house’ partnership with Chalamet was only announced last year to coincide with the Dune premiere at the Venice Film Festival, after he took to the red carpet wearing a dazzling selection of vintage Cartier jewellery that included a vintage brooch in 18k white gold, diamonds and onyx cabochon. Crucially, on that occasion, he was sans watch – in a sparkling outfit by his friend, the designer, Haider Ackermann.
All that was put right last week with his appearance on the red carpet of Bones and All at the Venice Film Festival last week where he wore high quality fake Cartier Tank à Vis double time zone watches from 2002 in white gold. That the watch was paired with one of his more, let’s say, messy red carpet outfits – comprising what looks like a knitted Bode cardigan, camouflage cargo shorts and black boots – does not diminish the near-perfect synergy that exists between Timothée Chalamet and the best Cartier Tank replica watches.
Entirely by accident rather than design, the Cartier Tank copy watches for sale is perhaps the world’s first example of a gender-neutral watch. Despite the fact that its name and main design inspiration come from the tire treads of a Renault tank, there is something undeniably pretty and chic about the cheap replica Cartier watches. Perhaps that’s why it has been worn by people as diverse as Princess Diana, Jacqueline Onasiss, Muhammed Ali and Rudolph Valentino, without diminishing their femininity or masculinity one iota. While not one of his most daring red carpet outfits – that accolade belongs to a matching red trouser and halter neck blouse combo which revealed a lithe and toned back – Cartier’s association with Chalamet cleverly helps to position the maison not only at the heart of the red carpet action but also the new gender-bending, cross-dressing style of masculinity that Monsieur Chalamet has helped to popularise.
After a few years in the doldrums in late ‘90s and early ’00s when the fashion shifted towards big clunky tool watches, the fortunes of the Tank and 1:1 Cartier super clone watches in general over the past 10 years have soared. For some naysayers, Cartier will always be a jeweller first, watchmaker second. And yet, this is exactly why its legions of devoted fans male and female love the brand. A focus on form: that iconic tire tread, unusual rectangular case and distinctive decoration such as the bejewelled cabochon crown and roman numeral dial – rather than movements and complications – ensures that Cartier makes watches unlike any other. In a world of tool watches, the luxury Cartier Tank replica watches has no other function than to look glamorous, and can be worn with jeans and trainers as both an everyday beater and as a red carpet dazzler a là Paul Mescal and, of course, Chalamet.
His dual time version is likely to be a vintage piece from the brand’s now defunct Collection Privé Cartier Paris line which ran from 1998 -2008 and revived and modernised unusual designs from the brand’s storied back catalogue. At first glance the dual timezone dial looks like a regular dial until you see that it has been split in half to show two time zones in a symmetrical configuration. It is ingenious, elegant and somewhat trippy, like a piece of haute horological op-art, and one of the reasons what pieces from Collection Privé such as the Chinoise, Asymetrique, and Chinoise – all remixes of the perfect fake Cartier Tank watches– have been reaching new heights at auction. Is it any wonder, when all of them look as good on men and women alike?