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Cartier, A brief history

In 1847, Cartier was founded in Paris by Louis-François Cartier, a master jeweller. However, it was his grandsons, Pierre, Louis and Jacques who would ultimately bring the brand to worldwide prominence, opening boutiques in Paris, London and New York.

Cartier has always been a company synonymous with the creation of high-end and exquisite jewellery. In the 19th century, it made pocket watches and necklaces incorporating watch movements. However, in terms of watchmaking, a significant moment in the company’s history was 1904 when Louis Cartier designed the first modern wristwatch.

Louis Cartier was inspired to design this watch, incorporating a wrist strap, for his friend and famous aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont. The watch allowed Alberto to check the prevailing time whilst flying. The Santos name would subsequently be used for a collection of watches from the famous maison.


A diverse range of watches

While the Tank has become an iconic member of the Cartier family, a key strength of the brand has been its prowess at creating a diverse array of alternatively styled watches. Over the years, the Ballon Bleu, Pasha, Roadster and Santos have attracted legions of admirers.

The release of the Calibre 1904MC in 2011 was another momentous moment in Cartier’s history. It was the first time the company had used its own manufacture movement. The self-winding movement was fitted in a new model, the Calibre de Cartier.

In 2013, the model range was extended to include a chronograph. The Calibre de Cartier Chronograph features a fully-integrated chronograph movement, Calibre 1904-CH MC, with its column-wheel visible via an exhibition case back.

The Calibre de Cartier Diver, launched in 2014, represented a new genre of watch for the brand, a diver’s watch. It is equipped with the company’s Calibre 1904MC. By creating a diver’s watch, Cartier has fused a robust specification with a handsome, luxurious mien, attracting critical acclaim from the world’s watch press.


Haute horlogerie

Cartier has also shown it is not afraid to compete with the highest echelons of haute horlogerie by creating perpetual calendars, minute repeaters and tourbillons. Moreover, the company has released several skeletonised watches that freely disclose the movement within.

Cartier has production facilities at La Chaux-de-Fonds and Meyrin, Geneva. It is the latter atelier which is responsible for the assembly and regulation of fine timepieces which bear the Geneva Seal (Poinçon de Genève).


Closing remarks

With a substantial quotient of style, diverse array of designs and a name synonymous with luxury, Cartier watches have always been in demand. Moreover, with a broad choice of models readily available at Blowers Jewellers, there is likely to be a suitable timepiece to fulfil your horological desires.

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  • Cartier Santos 100 XL Chronograph WM502351


    Santos 100 XL WM50235

  • Calibre de Cartier Diver W7100055


    Calibre de Cartier

  • S19636-3



    December 1999 £9,450.00
  • Cartier steel Tank Anglaise model reference W5310022


    Tank Anglaise W5310009

  • Cartier Pasha Seatimer W31088U2


    Pasha Seatimer W31088U2

    September 2008 £4,150.00
  • Yellow Gold Cartier Ballon Bleu WE9001Z3


    Ballon Bleu WE9001Z3

    July 2015 £16,950.00
  • Ladies 18ct Yellow gold Cartier Roadster W62018Y5


    Roadster W62018Y5

    2005 £2,950.00
  • Cartier Pasha Seatimer W31088U2


    Pasha Seatimer W31088U2

    October 2008 £3,950.00
  • Ladies 18ct Rose Gold Cartier Tank Americaine W2607056


    Tank Americaine W2607056

    2004 £3,950.00
  • 18ct White gold Tank Francaise WE1002S3


    Tank Francaise WE1002S3

    July 2015 £12,950.00
  • Cartier Santos 100 XL


    Santos 100 XL

  • Cartier Santos Galbee W20056D6


    Santos Galbee W20056D6

    December 2013 £2,950.00
  • Cartier Santos 100 Chrono Carbon W2020005


    Santos 100 W2020005

    October 2009 £4,950.00
  • Ladies Steel Cartier Panthere



    April 2006 £1,995.00
  • 18ct yellow gold Cartier Tank Americaine


    Tank Americaine

    1996 £4,450.00
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  • Bi-metal gents Cartier Santos. Automatic movement



  • Cartier Santos W20012C4


    Santos W20012C4

    December 2003 £2,250.00
  • Cartier Santos Galbee W20098D6



    October 2009 £3,150.00
  • Bi-metal Cartier Tank Francaise Mid-sized


    Tank Francaise

  • 18ct Rose Gold Cartier Tank Solo W5200025


    Tank Solo W5200025

    December 2014 £2,950.00
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