Cartier is one of the most influential and recognisable brands in the industry and has a long history of producing classic and timeless watches. Cartier has always been elegant with creating signature watches for men and women that combine form and function effortlessly.
Louis-François Cartier founded Cartier in Paris in 1847 when he took over the workshop of his master. Louis-François’ son Alfred Cartier took over the company, but it was Alfred’s sons Louis, Pierre and Jacques, who were responsible for establishing the brand name worldwide.
In 1904 Cartier designed a flat wristwatch with a distinctive square bezel after his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont spoke of the unreliability and impracticality of using pocket watches while flying. Thus the “Santos” was born. This was Cartier’s first men’s wristwatch.
The Baignoire and Tortue models were introduced in 1912, followed by the Tank model in 1917. This, designed by Louis Cartier, was inspired from the newly introduced tanks on the Western Front. This line like the watches above is still being worn, with over thirty varieties made since.
Since these first watches many other lines have been successfully launched and here are three of our favourites.
1. Ballon Bleu De Cartier
Floating like a balloon and as blue as the sapphire safely nestled in its side, the Ballon Bleu watch by Cartier adds a dash of elegance to male and female wrists. It has a young and vibrant appeal. Roman numerals are guided on their path by a sapphire cabochon winding mechanism protected by precious metal. The case is round with roman numbers, a guilloché dial, sword-shaped hands and polished or satin-finish links of the bracelet. The timepiece is available in a variety of colours, sizes and movements. Many a celebrity adorns the Ballon Bleu on their wrist.
2. Tank Solo
The moment the Tank was introduced is fast became an iconic piece. It is simple yet contemporary. Created by the legendary Louis Cartier, it has remained a symbol of utmost grace, class and elegance since its inception. It is also one of the most popular rectangular shaped watches in the world. The watch features a distinctive design with clean holding its timeless appeal making it Cartier’s must have watch.
3. Cle De Cartier
An elegant yet practical with its round profile and soft curves design this timepiece was introduced in 2015 it is also reminiscent of vintage timepieces. It boasts a large case size with minimalistic design attributes, a silvered flinqué sunray effect dial with blue steel sword-shaped hands and blue Roman numerals which are not only beautiful to look at but highly legible.