We couldn't start this post without congratulating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their third child! The new prince is fifth in line to the throne, and was born yesterday (23rd April) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London weighing 8lb 7oz. Such wonderful news!
“King of Jewellers and the Jeweller to Kings.” King Edward VII about Cartier in 1847.
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!
A Brief History of Cartier
Cartier 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.
Michelle wearing the Cartier Tank Francaise , ref W51008Q3
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 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 first lady Michelle Obama in her official portrait are just some of the well known individuals to own the Tank.
It also comes as no surprise that Kate Middleton also likes to wear Cartier! Her Cartier Ballon Bleu timepiece was worn during her 2014 trip to Australia. The Ballon Bleu is a relatively recent creation from Cartier, with its more rounded, curvy shape. Cartier notes that “the convex curves of the case, guilloché dial, sword-shaped hands, and polished or satin-finish links of the bracelet” means that the Ballon Bleu ‘floats through the world of Cartier watchmaking”.
The one that Kate Middleton wore is one of the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Medium sized watches with the Swiss quartz movement. Kate’s Ballon Bleu Medium (ref. W69011Z4) is in steel and is sized at 36.6mm wide.
Kate’s Cartier Ballon Bleu Medium (ref. W69011Z4)
Whilst we have given examples of lovely ladies wearing Cartier wristwatches, Cartier offers a variety of prices and styles for both men and women. For the quality craftsmanship and contemporary styling, look no further than a Cartier watch.
We have some extremely fine Cartier watches available now at Armour Winston, so please do have a look!
We currently have a Cartier midsize (36mm) rose gold Ballon Bleu De Cartier watch in showroom condition! The case is in beautiful 18K pink gold, with a fluted crown set and a sapphire cabochon. The 12-zone flinqué dial with lacquered silvered sunray effect is set with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 0.10 carats. Just stunning!