Founded by Louis-François Cartier in 1847 in Paris, Cartier continues to create designs that combine timeless French luxury aesthetics with modern, enduring charm.
Known for their watchmaking and jewellery craftsmanship, Cartier remains amongst brands that create and innovate with quality new designs that enthrall and excite, such as the new extensions to the Panthère de Cartier jewellery line.
We have rounded up eight different Cartier watches that are lauded for its timelessness and remains a perennial favourite amongst collectors and watch wearers alike. These are truly watches worth the investment in.
Clé de Cartier
Left to right: Clé de Cartier 31mm, 18k pink gold, leather, diamonds, $33,500 ;35mm, 18k pink gold, steel, $11,400 ;40mm, 18k pink gold, diamonds, $222,000
How do you create a design that appeals to modern sensibilities yet remains timeless and elegant? Take a leaf out of Cartier’s books with their 2015 release of Clé de Cartier. A geometric circle hugs the circular dial and is crowned with the brand’s signature sapphire, creating sleek and sophisticated lines that is contemporary yet heirloom-worthy.
Tank de Cartier
From left to right: Tank Francaise watch small model, steel, $4,500; Solo watch large model, 18k yellow gold, leather, $7,350; Anglaise watch medium model, 18k pink gold, leather, diamonds, $39,100
Created in 1917, the Tank de Cartier was a revolutionary design as it went against the traditional circular designs popular then. The Tank has found devotees from the late Princess Diana, who was always classy and chic, to former First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama. It really is easy to see why the Tank is such a classic – its simple square and rectangular form is dapper and perfect for any occasion.
Panthère de Cartier
From left to right: Panthère de Cartier medium model, 18k white gold, diamond, $155,000; medium model, yellow gold, $31,800; mini model, triple loop, pink gold, diamonds, $61,500
While Panthère de Cartier has only been in the market for 35 years, it has already been lauded for being a timeless watch to add into your repertoire. The symmetrical square face (inspired by the silhouette of the Eiffel Tower) is beautifully juxtaposed with the sleek, smooth curves of the watch which gives an effortless and enduring beauty, suitable for any style.
Santos de Cartier
From left to right: Santos 100 carbon watch large model, steel, leather, $10,500, Santos-Dumont skeleton watch XL model, manual, 18k pink gold, leather, $68,500; Santos-Dumont calendar aperture and power reserve watch XL model, 18k pink gold, leather, $34,500
If you love the aesthetic of the Panthère de Cartier but prefer something with a larger watch face (available in 35.6mm or 39.8mm), Santos de Cartier is just the collection for you. Similarly, Cartier offers Santos with a calfskin leather strap if metal bracelets are not your style. Regardless, Santos de Cartier is suitable for people who love to rock the masculine feminine vibe while exuding quiet confidence and style.
Ballon Bleu de Cartier
From left to right: Ballon Bleu de Cartier 36mm, 18k pink gold, leather, sapphire, diamonds, $43,800; 36mm, 18k gold and steel, $12,200; 33mm, steel, leather, $7,150
Inspired by the the ethereal quality of balloons, the feminine and soft, round face of Ballon Bleu de Cartier is contrasted with structured roman numerals. Finally, the trademark sapphire is the pièce de résistance that elevates the watch to classic cult status levels.
Baignoire, Hypnose and Crash
From left to right: Hypnose watch small model, 18k pink gold, black lacquer, leather, diamonds, $62,000; Baignoire watch small model, 18k pink gold, leather, $13,700; Crash watch, white gold, diamonds, $108,000
These three series combines the best of jewellery aesthetic with watchmaking craftsmanship. With unique designs like the Crash, inspired by the remains of a Cartier timepiece found at a car crash and reminiscent of the watches by Salvador Dali, the time-warping, optical illusory qualities of the Hypnose, and the perfectly symmetrical qualities of the ellipse in Baignoire, these are statement pieces to add character to your collection.