One thing is important to see with Cartier; unlike most brands, they always had a strong focus on watches that are shaped. Many manufacturers attempted to do this — particularly from the 1920s and 1930s, where Art-Deco also influenced watchmaking and where we’ve seen several timepieces with rectangular or cushion-shaped watches — but few produces attained to keep this attribute as a hallmark. In reality, when you look at the real collections of older brands, there are mainly round watches, whether we talk about apparel or sports watches. On the other hand, Cartier’s icons are shaped-watches and current creations follow exactly the exact same concept.Of course, the curved shape is somehow natural, as a watch usually have hands attached to a central axis and rotating on a dial. However, Cartier’s strongest timepieces all share this idea of being separate from the norm of this round timepiece. Take for instance the Tank and its own rectangular case. You will also find the Tortue or the Roadster, using their barrel shaped instances. Lately, the brand introduced some additional consensual watches, like for instance that the Ballon Bleu. But then again, its not just a round instance. Same can be said for the Clé. Shapes are always a part of the style of a Cartier, with several different inspirations and style. But a Pasha Cartier Watch 90490ce Replica is identifiable as so and the elegance of their watches is undeniable.
So besides the fact that an in-house movement has become increasingly more important, Cartier realised quite well that to become really reliable and successful in the sphere of high-end watches they needed to produce not just their own calibers, but also as many parts as you can, like the instance, springs, rotors, dials, hands, glass etc.Cartier constructed, during the Collection Privée period, a huge — over 30.000 square meters — fabricate at La Chaux-de-Fonds (see our coverage) and began to use a selected group of watchmakers to a follow up project to be started in 2008, all headed by Carole Forestier-Kasapi, the genius watchmaker that has been hired in 2005 and had worked at Audemars Piguet (Renaud & Papi) and van Cleef & Arpels. This very contemporary and high-end manufacture is now with all the Rolex manufacture, the largest in Switzerland!The very first outcome of Cartier’s high-end watchmaking was presented in November 2007. A — by Carole Forestier-Kasapi — developed Flying Tourbillon quality was demonstrated to the media. Unfortunately, the opinion was set in a 47mm over-sized Ballon Bleu instance, following the large watch trend.Since the launch of the Flying Tourbillon, Cartier didn’t rest on their laurels. While other leading brands such as Audemars Piguet were taking it quietly and pleasing the watch fanatics with ‘Offshore’ afterwards ‘Offshore’, year after year, Cartier made over-hours and invented new materials, new calibers and surprised the media each January at the SIHH with actual novelties. In 2009, and in 2012, Cartier even encouraged over a hundred journalists from all over the globe and flew them in to La Chaux-de-Fonds, to present the ID-ONE and ID-TWO watch in their own manufacture. Two prototype watches which would not hit the current market, but were created for study and — of course — to demonstrate the media how far ahead Cartier was in fine watchmaking.
An Wonderful part in 2010 was the Rotonde Grande Complication. This season however, Cartier ready a massive demonstration for the media, to present the 2015 version of this Rotonde Grande Complication (below), by no means another dial color, or different instance, but a completely different watch together: Perpetual Calendar, Minute Repeater and Flying Tourbillon. Powered by the newest skeletonized automatic caliber 9406MC, using a dual platinum micro-rotor. The Grande Complication was rewarded with the Geneva Seal.Since 2007, Cartier’s group of watchmakers built (created) an impressive collection of approximately 40 distinct calibers, from the basic 1904MC to the very high-end complicated 9406MC. All watches at the top line have in-house calibers and in a couple of decades, the entire mainstream collection will do too.Thank you for reading and don’t overlook that the brand ‘your spouse loves a lot’, has changed into this genius watchmaker that you should pay attention to, even when you’re interested in high end watch making!This article was written by long-time Cartier specialist George Cramer for Fratello Watches. George is currently a contributor to Revo-Online, Revolution Magazine and runs his own website as well at which he keeps track of his various contributions about Cartier and his other (main) interest, independent watchmaking.Cartier is a top French luxury manufacture of watches and was set in 1847. Cartier watches are collected and admired by celebrieties, royals, rich aficionados and enthusiastic watch collectors alike.
One thing is important to notice with Cartier; unlike most manufacturers, they always had a strong focus on watches that are shaped. Many brands tried to do this — particularly from the 1920s and 1930s, where Art-Deco also affected watchmaking and where we’ve seen several timepieces with rectangular or cushion-shaped watches — but few produces attained to keep this feature for a hallmark. In reality, if you look at the real collections of older brands, there are primarily round watches, if we discuss apparel or sports watches. However, Cartier’s most influential timepieces all share this idea of being different from the norm of this round timepiece. Take for example the Tank and its rectangular case. You’ll also find the Tortue or the Roadster, with their barrel shaped instances. Recently, the brand introduced a few more picky watches, such as for example that the Ballon Bleu. But again, its not just a round instance. Same could be said for your own Clé. Shapes are always part of the design of a Cartier, with several different inspirations and style. But a Cartier Watches Guildford Replica is recognizable as so along with the elegance of their watches is incontrovertible.