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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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  • S22392


    Tank Solo W5200014

    Pre-owned UNUSED £2,190.00
  • Cartier Tank Solo W5200013


    Tank Solo W5200013

    Pre-owned UNUSED £2,150.00
  • Cartier steel Tank Solo WSTA0029


    Tank Solo WSTA0029

    Pre-owned UNUSED £2,750.00
  • Cartier steel Tank Solo WSTA0030


    Tank Solo WSTA0030

    Pre-owned UNUSED £1,950.00
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    Ballon Bleu

  • 18ct Yellow Gold Cartier Panthere W25022


    Panthere W25022

    August 1997 £5,550.00
  • Cartier Santos Galbee W20098D6


    Santos Galbee W20098D6

    January 2015 £3,450.00
  • Cartier Santos 100 XL W20090X8


    Santos 100 XL Chronograph

  • Cartier Santos 100 Mid-size. W20106X8


    Santos 100 W20106X8

    June 2016 £3,950.00
  • Ladies 18ct rose gold Cartier Tank Americaine W2607456


    Tank Americaine W2607456

    December 2007 £4,750.00
  • Bi-metal Cartier Pasha Power Reserve W31011H301


    Pasha 38

    July 1997 £2,950.00
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    Pasha De Cartier

    August 2001 £2,450.00
  • Cartier Tank Francaise W51011Q3


    Tank Francaise W51011Q3

    July 2004 £2,250.00
  • Cartier Santos 100 W20071Y1


    Santos W20071Y1

    2013 £11,450.00
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    Santos Galbee W20011C4

    May 2010 £3,150.00
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    Demoiselle W25063X9

    June 2006 £7,950.00
  • Bi-metal Cartier Santos Galbee W20041C403


    Santos W20041C4

    December 1998 £2,350.00
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    November 2012 £3,650.00
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    Tank Francaise W51008Q3

    September 2006 £2,150.00
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