When it comes to pre-eminent jewelers and watchmakers, prestigious French master jeweler Cartier has long been associated with royalty. The brand was the choice of King Edward VII of England to create jewels for his coronation in 1907. King Edward is quoted as saying that Cartier was the “Jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers.” The brand was also the top choice of Czar Nicolas II of Russia, King Carlos I of Spain and Napolean III of France.
Cartier was specially commissioned in 1933 by the Pasha of Marrakech to create a timepiece that could be worn while swimming. The first Pasha wristwatch with a protective locking cap on the crown prevented water from entering the case and mechanical mechanism inside.
In 1936, King George VI of England purchased the Cartier Halo Tiara for his wife Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) to wear at his coronation. The Halo tiara was given to their daughter Queen Elizabeth II on her eighteenth birthday and was recently worn by Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge in her wedding to Prince William in 2011.
William’s mother Princess Diana wore an 18K gold Cartier Tank Francaise timepiece which was bequeathed to him after her death in 1997. The Cartier Ballon Bleu is also the timepiece of choice for Princess Kate, who has been seen wearing one on her wrist in recent public appearances.
You too can give your hand a majestic touch of luxury with the Cartier Watch & Jewelry Event taking place this week at WorldofWatches.com. Sparkling Cartier Tank gemstone rings and timepieces from the Pasha, Tankissime, Santos, Calibre, Ballon Bleu, Love, Panthere and Ronde collections are featured in the promotion.
The Cartier Santos 100 watch offers a highly dignified sense of time in 18K yellow gold. This Swiss-made men’s automatic watch features the impressively sized, square-shaped case in brushed and polished 18K yellow gold. The handsome dark brown alligator strap has an 18K gold deployment clasp for added convenience and security.
The signature rounded-square bezel in polished 18K yellow gold is accented with decorative screw accents. A cabochon-cut blue sapphire tops the octagonal-shaped crown. The white dial features dark blue skeleton hands and black Roman numeral hour markers. Features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 100 meters. The Santos 100 men’s watch is 33mm wide and 11mm thick.
The Cartier Pasha Diamond Watch for women in 18K white gold remains true to the 1933 original design with a protective crown cap topped with a sparkling, cabochon-cut diamond. The 32mm diameter case in 18K white gold is polished to a mirror-bright glow. The lustrous black alligator strap with a deployment clasp buckle adds to the refined design.
The metallic silver-tone dial with a white square center background shines with sapphire blue sword hands, eight shimmering inlaid diamond markers and blue Arabic numeral quarter hour markers. Premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside assures you of time-keeping accuracy.
The Calibre de Cartier Automatic Diver’s watch offers a highly modern profile for today’s man. This outstanding Swiss-made timepiece is the quintessential diver’s watch from Cartier with a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 300 meters. The impressively sized 42mm diameter, 14mm thick case in brushed premium-grade stainless steel is presented on a matching triple-link bracelet in brushed and polished stainless steel.
The unidirectional rotating with a black top ring and screened markers surrounds the highly legible black dial with a small-seconds sub-dial, Super-LumiNova hands and hour markers. Additional features include an automatic date calendar and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Elegant and regal, the Cartier Ballon Bleu automatic timepiece makes a statement on the wrist in 18K yellow gold and premium-grade stainless steel. This Swiss-made unisex timepiece features the perfectly round signature case in stainless steel with a matching stainless steel bracelet accented with 18K yellow gold center links.
The silver guilloche dial shines with sapphire blue sword hands and black Roman numeral hour markers. The 18K yellow gold crown with ornamental detail is topped with a cabochon-cut, synthetic blue spinel stone and has a protective bar accent. Features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and water-resistance to 30 meters. Cartier unisex watch is 36mm in diameter and 13mm thick.