Cartier – See what we currently have at our Dublin Jewellers store.
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Known as the jewellery, clock and watch maker of kings and queens. Société Cartier has a long and illustrious history of selling the finest gems and wristwatches. To the crème de la crème of society. Founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier. The company has long been renowned. For having celebrities from the golden age of Hollywood, as well as royalty amongst its aficionados.
It is said that Louis created ‘the first practical wristwatch’ in 1904. This was named the ‘Santos’ after his good friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. A Brazilian aviator who wanted to be able to safely tell the time. Without losing control of his airplane, whilst looking at his pocket watch. And such was its popularity. That you can still buy updated versions of the original Santos watch today.
Other fans included King Edward VII of England. Who referred to the company as “the jeweller of kings and the king of Jewellers . In fact, so enamoured of the brand were the British royalty. That for his coronation in 1902, Edward placed an order for 27 tiaras. He was so impressed. He consequently issued them a royal warrant in 1904. Not long after this, other royal courts began to take notice. And warrants were granted from Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Monaco, Russia, Thailand (then known as Siam), Romania, Egypt, Albania and Serbia.
Cartier are also known, for some of the most celebrated designs, in watch and clock making. In particular the ‘mystery clock’. So called because it featured a transparent dial. But with a hidden mechanism. In 1912, the Tortue and Baignoire wristwatches were introduced. Followed by the Tank, which was created. After Louis found inspiration in the tanks. Used on the Western Front in World War I. All three of these designs, have evolved and are still popular today.
When you purchase a Cartier watch. You are not only buying a beautifully designed piece of history. But a watch made with precision and accuracy too. As far back as the early 1920’s. The company formed an alliance with Edward Jaeger of Jaeger-LeCoultre. That produced clock and watch movements, just for them to use. However, you can still find watches with movements. From other makers, such as Audemars-Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Movado, as well as LeCoultre. At around this time, reference numbers were added to each watch created. This was usually a four digit number, which was stamped on the underside of a lug.
Hallmark of a Cartier Watch
The hallmark of a Cartier watch. Is the clean cut lines and simple understated elegance. A Cartier watch, doesn’t need to shout ‘look at me’. It has the confidence and heritage to be quietly stunning. Without being an attention seeker. With a history spanning more than 150 years. Whether you choose an up to date version of the Tank in steel and rose gold. An 18 carat gold ladies Panthere. A stainless steel Pasha or a white gold mini Baignoire. You can be assured. That you are wearing, a modern version of a timeless classic.