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The Santos de Cartier Collection
In 1904 the great aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend Louis Cartier about the impracticality of having to use his pocket watch to make time measurements when flying. The result was Cartier's first wristwatch - a personal gift to Santos-Dumont that would eventually be displayed in the Paris Air Museum next to the 1908 Demoiselle - the last aircraft built by Santos. Santos-Dumont's celebrity status helped make the wristwatch popular amongst men in the early 20th century. The Cartier Santos was launched to the public in 1911 and with its geometric form and rounded corners was an early expression of the Art Deco form. In 2004 the Cartier Santos 100 was launched to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original Santos de Cartier watch.Other popular models include the Santos Galbée.
The Cartier Tank Collection
Cartier’s flagship range now includes the beautiful Tank Anglaise – new for 2012! The Cartier Tank was first created in 1917 as a tribute to the Allied Forces in Europe. The concealed connection points allow the case to appear both square and rectangular, a modern design based on the horizontal section of Renault military tanks. The Tank Louis Cartier was released in 1922 and was distinguished by its rounded horns. The Tank Americaine was introduced in 1989; midway between a casual and dress watch, Cartier adapted the watch to the American lifestyle. The Tank Francaise was launched in 1996. The case features bevelled, rounded corners with an integrated bracelet which revisits the caterpillar tracks of the vehicle after which it is named. Other popular models include the Tank Solo and the Tank MC.
Ballon Bleu de CartierSee Collection
The Ballon Bleu de Cartier Collection
The Ballon Bleu de Cartier collection was introduced in 2007 and is distinguished by its complex shape. Cartier’s familiar roundness is distorted is distorted by the unique placement of the crown. The crown is decorated by a blue sapphire cabochon and protected by a piece of precious metal that orbits the winding mechanism. This feature diverts the usual path of the numerals adding a futuristic effect to an otherwise classical design. Subtle features like the blue sword shaped hands and sapphire crystal that magnifies the time add a sense of understated elegance. Ballon Bleu is the youngest collection in the Cartier range and has become an instant classic among watch lovers. Shop the Cartier Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier range online here at The Watch Gallery
Calibre de CartierSee Collection
The Calibre de Cartier Collection
The Calibre de Cartier collection is the culmination of Cartier's quest for watchmaking excellence. The collection features the first fine watch movements fully manufactured in-house by Cartier: The calibre 1904 MC. Cartier's tradition of audacious and inventive design is embodied by the Calibre collection providing it with a unique spirit. Cartier’s first in-house movement is an expression of meticulous design and a shared passion for craftsmanship and places the brand firmly within a small circle of the most prestigious Manufactures. The Cartier Manufacture requires more than 1000 staff working in the heart of La-Chaux-de-Fonds and encompasses the full cycle of fine watchmaking, from designing and developing the movements to the final decoration and assembly of the watches.
Ronde de CartierSee Collection
Rotonde de CartierSee Collection
Cartier Rotonde Collection
Showcasing some of the most sophisticated complications in haute-horlogerie, the Rotonde de Cartier collection demonstrates the brand's exemplary expertise at crafting timepieces of extraordinary functionality and exquisite design.
Cle' de CartierSee Collection
Indeed, Cartier watches never fail to combine daring design with watch-making savoir-faire. Each timepiece promises high level functionality and exquisite aesthetic, in equal measure.
Cartier is the renowned French jeweller and watchmaker with a history of pioneering design and a drive for excellence. The first references to Cartier wristwatches date back to 1888. Late in the 19th century it was pocket and chatelaine watches that were most popular, but Louis Cartier saw a future in timepieces that could be worn on the wrist.
The first Cartier wristwatch became the stepping stone to a long love affair and the creation of many new models. Names like Tank, Baignoire, Ballon Bleu, Santos and Calibre all refer to a shape, a winding crown, a moment in history or the brands first in-house movement.