All About The Cartier Watches

Cartier watches are universally known to be very elegant and dressy looking. The brand is also known to have produced timepieces for several royal families. Cartier watches are synonymous with high quality, and are in fact some of the finest timepieces available. These stylish watches have become part of a coveted timepiece collection for a number of men and women.

Cartier was founded in Paris by jewelry apprentice Louis-Francois Cartier in 1847. It’s Cartier which made wristwatches popular in the beginning of the 20th century. The Cartier brand started out as a jeweler but produced its first timepieces in 1904.  In 1904, Louis Cartier met with Brazilian aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont, who complained of the unreliable pocket watches he had to use during flight. Cartier decided to take on the challenge and designed a flat wristwatch designed a watch to be worn on the wrist with a leather strap. It also featured a distinctive square bezel. This new way to wear a watch quickly became a huge hit with Santos-Dumont and others. This is how the famous “Santos” watch was created.

Despite the brand’s fame and excellent reputation, it’s not really the brand’s movements or its technology which set the brand apart from other luxury brands, but rather its aesthetically appealing design. It’s the design which is the primary reason for purchasing their timepieces. Cartier’s elegant, timeless designs have always kept the perfect balance of form and function. Roman numerals are a signature design feature for Cartier, along with a blue cabochon on the crown. Classic Cartier watches feature a distinctive cream or silver dial, with many showing a sunburst effect on the dial (also known as a guilloché dial) which adds texture and depth to the design.

In recent years Cartier has made a move into fine watchmaking, with the tourbillon representing the pinnacle of the range. Cartier’s achievements in fine watchmaking are the result of a constantly innovative approach, combined with its highly distinctive aesthetic. Cartier watches come in many styles for both men and women, including a skeleton watch, a chronograph watch, or a watch with multiple time zones, ect. When you are looking for an elegant, timeless and expertly crafted watch, you cannot go wrong with a Cartier replica.