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Cartier

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 Dumont W2007051

    Cartier

    Santos Dumont

    August 2006 £5,950.00
  • S21473

    Cartier

    Tank Francaise

    March 2001 £2,950.00
  • 18ct yellow gold Cartier Tank Americaine

    Cartier

    Tank Americaine

    1996 £5,950.00
  • Cartier Tank Francaise. W51002Q3

    Cartier

    Tank Francaise W51002Q3

    July 2011 £2,950.00
  • Cartier Santos Galbee W20098D6

    Cartier

    W20098D6

    October 2009 £3,150.00
  • Cartier Ladies Santos Galbee W20056D6

    Cartier

    Santos W20056D6

    2004 £2,350.00
  • White Gold Cartier Ballon Bleu WE9003Z3

    Cartier

    Ballon Bleu

    April 2010 £14,500.00
  • Ladies Steel Cartier Panthere

    Cartier

    Panthere

    April 2006 £1,995.00
  • Bi-metal Cartier Panthere

    Cartier

    Panthere

    £2,500.00
  • Cartier Santos 100 Mid Size. W20106X8

    Cartier

    Santos W20106X8

    July 2014 £5,050.00
  • August 2002

    Cartier

    Roadster

    August 2002 £2,950.00
  • Calibre de Cartier Diver W7100056

    Cartier

    Calibre De Cartier

    July 2016 £5,150.00
  • Cartier Roadster Chronograph

    Cartier

    Roadster Chronograph

    June 2009 £4,750.00
  • Calibre de Cartier WSCA0003

    Cartier

    CALIBRE DE CARTIER

    May 2011 £3,750.00
  • Cartier Roadster

    Cartier

    Roadster

    September 2003 £2,950.00
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Previously in stock

  • Bi-metal Cartier Tank Francaise Mid-sized

    Cartier

    Tank Francaise

    £2,650.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Cartier Tank Solo W5200025

    Cartier

    Tank Solo W5200025

    December 2014 £2,950.00
  • Cartier Ballon Bleu Mid-size W6920046

    Cartier

    Ballon Bleu W6920046

    July 2015 £3,650.00
  • Cartier Santos 100 XL W20073X8

    Cartier

    Santos 100

    £2,950.00
  • Platinum Cartier Tortue Perpetual Calendar W1540551

    Cartier

    Tortue Perpetual Calendar W1540551

    February 2005 £29,950.00
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