Editor's note: The Cartier Tank is a watch with an incredible century (and then some) history, and a list of famous fans as long as your arm. Sandra runs through some of the variants on this classic watch, and some of its celebrity owners. Outstanding.* For any designer, regardless of product type, the holy grail is to create an object that so perfectly balances form and function and so elegantly expresses an aesthetic that it will not only last for many generations but will forever look as modern as it did when it left the drawing board. Among those rare products are Le Corbusier's Chaise LC4, Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chair and Cartier's Tank wristwatch. Louis Cartier's practical, no-frills design has not only become one of the most successful and enduring watches of all time, it has accepted tweaks, updates and experiments without ever losing its integrity. And it is loved equally by men and women for the not-so-simple reason that it's perfectly suited to both. The beginning It's hard to think of a less likely time than 1917 three years into the havoc of World War I for launching an object that would become a…

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