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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, a 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 Gents Bi-Metal Santos W2SA0006Cartier Gents Bi-Metal Santos W2SA0006

    Cartier

    Santos W2SA0006

    September 2018 £7,150.00
  • Cartier Roadster Chronograph W62006X6Cartier Roadster Chronograph W62006X6

    Cartier

    Roadster W62006X6

    June 2004 £4,250.00
  • Bi-metal Cartier Santos W20030C4Bi-metal Cartier Santos W20030C4

    Cartier

    Santos W20030C4

    March 1995 £2,250.00
  • Cartier Tank Francaise W51008Q3Cartier Tank Francaise W51008Q3

    Cartier

    Tank Francaise W51011Q3

    April 2014 £2,250.00
  • Calibre de Cartier W7100014Calibre de Cartier W7100014

    Cartier

    Calibre De Cartier

    August 2010 £3,950.00
  • Cartier Ladies PashaCartier Ladies Pasha

    Cartier

    Pasha De Cartier

    July 2003 £2,650.00
  • 18ct Cartier Tank Americaine18ct Cartier Tank Americaine

    Cartier

    Tank Americaine

    November 2013 £24,950.00
  • Santos Demoiselle W25064Z5Santos Demoiselle W25064Z5

    Cartier

    Santos Demoiselle

    December 2007 £2,250.00
  • Cartier Tank Solo W5200014Cartier Tank Solo W5200014

    Cartier

    Tank Solo W5200014

    Pre-owned UNUSED £2,190.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold and steel Cartier Ballon Bleu18ct Rose Gold and steel Cartier Ballon Bleu

    Cartier

    Ballon Bleu

    £4,950.00
  • 18ct Yellow Gold Cartier Panthere W2502218ct Yellow Gold Cartier Panthere W25022

    Cartier

    Panthere W25022

    August 1997 £5,550.00
  • Cartier Santos 100 W20071Y1Cartier Santos 100 W20071Y1

    Cartier

    Santos W20071Y1

    2013 £11,450.00
  • Cartier Gents Steel Roadster. Automatic movementSteel Cartier Roadster. Automatic movement

    Cartier

    Roadster

    £2,550.00
  • Cartier Santos 100 XL Chronograph WM502351Cartier Santos 100 XL Chronograph WM502351

    Cartier

    Santos 100 XL WM50235

    £35,000.00
  • 18ct White Gold Cartier Tank Americaine Chronograph W26033L118ct White Gold Cartier Tank Americaine Chronograph

    Cartier

    Americaine

    December 1999 £9,450.00
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Previously in stock

  • Cartier Roadster W62000V3Cartier Roadster W62000V3

    Cartier

    Roadster W62000V3

    November 2003 £2,650.00
  • Cartier Tank Francaise. W51002Q3Cartier Tank Francaise. W51002Q3

    Cartier

    Tank Francaise

    July 1999 £2,950.00
  • Cartier Santos Galbee W20098D6Cartier Santos Galbee W20098D6

    Cartier

    Santos Galbee W20098D6

    January 2015 £3,450.00
  • Bi-metal Ladies Cartier Tank Francaise W51007Q401Bi-metal Ladies Cartier Tank Francaise W51007Q401

    Cartier

    Tank Francaise

    August 2006 £2,750.00
  • Cartier LadiesSteel RoadsterCartier LadiesSteel Roadster

    Cartier

    Roadster

    £2,150.00
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