Louis-Francois Cartier (1819 - 1904) took over Maitre Picard's jewellery shop, at 31 Rue Montorgueil in Paris, marking the beginning of the Cartier dynasty. His Grandson, also named Louis, crystallized respect for the Cartier house with the most influential designs of the 20th century. The legacy of Cartier's simple, elegant designs continues to influence not only Cartier, but the entire watch industry through to today.
Cartier gives the original watch purchaser a 2 year international manufacturer's guarantee that all products will be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use.
Cartier Product LineThe Cartier Santos Chronograph Men's Watch follows in the tradition of the first true Cartier wristwatch, named for Alberto Santos-Dumont; the Brazilian aviator Louis Cartier adored. This watch model (W20042C4) features a sapphire crystal, 18k gold and steel, and Swiss quartz movement. It's water resistant to 30 meters and is listed at $5825.
The Cartier Panthere Ruban for Women Watch (model W61001T9) features a mother of pearl dial, stainless steel case, quartz movement and water resistance to 30 meters. List price is about $2289.
The Cartier Pasha Men's Automatic Chronograph Watch (W3103055) is based on the design Louis Cartier originally created for the Pasha of Marrakech, so Marrakech could wear a watch while swimming. The Cartier Pasha comes with a stainless steel case and sapphire crystal. The watch's chronograph features seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour subdials. It lists for $9175.
The Cartier Tank Louis Cartier for Women Watch (model W1529856) is another contemporary rendering of a classic Cartier design, the Tank; which is generally regarded as the most influential design in 20th century watches. This 18k gold beauty comes with a brown leather strap, a white dial and features quartz movement, water resistant to 30 meters. List price: $5353.
Other Cartier Series
Cartier continues to draw on the wonderfully creative legacy of Louis Cartier. Many of the company's current collections are based upon Louis' design classics, and apart from the styles above, these include the Bagnoire watch, the Tonneau watch, the Diabolo watch and the Roadster watch.