We have some stunning Cartier watches currently available in store, so we thought we would take a look at the Cartier brand’s incredible history!
Cartier's early history
Cartier is one of the oldest jewellers in the world catering to royalty and movie stars across the globe. Cartier has a highly diverse wristwatch line and has some extremely recognisable designs. From the Tank or Pasha Cartier watch models, to the finest sparkling creations for women.
The luxury watch brand we love today was founded in Paris by Louis-Francois Cartier, son of a powder horn maker. The man behind much of the companies earliest successes, had already made a name for himself as a jeweller in the late 1800s. Cartier's early jewellery was characterised by a light, airy touch, in contrast to the overly formal and overwrought ornaments of the period.
Cartier really established itself as a significant watchmaker in 1904, when Louis Cartier was approached by Brazilian, famed aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. Dumont complained about the unreliability of pocket watches during flight. He needed quicker access to his watch, and Cartier rose to the challenge. The “Santos” wristwatch was not only popular with Dumont himself but also Cartier’s numerous clients. Incredibly, this Cartier watch is still produced today in a very similar form.
Introducing the Cartier Tank
In 1907, Cartier signed a contract with Edmond Jaeger, who agreed to exclusively supply the movements for Cartier watches. By this time, Cartier had branches in London, New York and was quickly becoming one of the biggest watch companies in the world. After the 1911 launch of the Santos-Dumont wristwatch, the next big step in Cartier’s history took place in 1917. Whilst there was the introduction of Baignoire and Tortue Cartier watch models in 1912, 1917 was the year that the world first saw the Cartier Tank.
Louis Cartier designed the Tank during the First World War after being inspired by the Renault tank. It is both a square and a rectangle at once, and was incredibly unique at this time. Princess Diana, Elton John, Grace Kelly, Andy Warhol, and even first lady Michelle Obama in her official portrait are just some of the well known individuals to own the Tank.
If you, like us at Armour Winston, are a fan of the Tank, we currently have some stunning examples available. We also have an exceedingly rare limited edition Cartier Paris platinum twin time zone mechanical watch from 1999! This is very special indeed. It is one of just 100 pieces made to celebrate to handover of Macau, and these watches rarely come on the open market. The watch has two mechanical movements and its dimensions are 26.5 mm x 39mm.
You can view our full pre-owned but simply stunning Cartier Watch range or if we don't have the timepiece you want right now, get in touch and we'll let you know if we find you one.