The shaped watch (anything that isn’t round) is a Cartier Watches 3349 Replica innovation that is as much a part of its creative heritage as the panther motif, or for that matter, the wristwatch itself – the first wristwatch on record, the Cartier Santos, was square. In 2015, the brand began to revisit its shaped watches, starting with a platinum skeletonized version of the Crash watch, followed a year later with a pink gold version. Last year, it resurrected the square-shaped Panther – which had been discontinued in the early 2000s – introducing a full collection with a new movement and a slightly revamped bracelet. In January at SIHH, Cartier revisits the Crash again with a new model, and introduces four new pieces in the Baignoire series of mostly oval cases. The new models are all part of the Libre collection. All but the new Crash contain quartz movements.
It’s the shopping season, and that probably means at least one thing – you are stressed out from shopping. The last thing any of us wants to do is visit more stores, so good thing the internet has us covered. In the context of luxury watch sales (for the purpose of this article I mean watches with a retail price of $5,000 and up), more and more brands are launching official e-commerce boutiques this year, which means you can buy safe and buy direct. Even though the sale of wristwatches online is anything but new, the luxury watch industry itself has only recently “officially” entered online sales in an appreciable way. Let’s take a look at some of the luxury timepieces that you can buy direct from the company this holiday season.
To many couples, the idea of a “his-and-hers” watch duo is appealing. The idea is to have sets of watches from the same brand and collection which are offered in equally appealing men’s and women’s variants. Thus, there is typically a larger and more masculinized “his” version, as well as typically a smaller and possibly more decorative “hers” version of the same model watch. His-and-hers watch sets are common enough, but finding ones that look just as good on both people is a bit more challenging. Below, we round up many of the most classic and appealing his and hers watches for couples that further demonstrate the importance and power of truly versatile watch designs.
Last year at SIHH, Cartier made waves with the debut of the men’s Drive de Cartier collection (hands-on here) that featured an all-new cushion-shaped case that has really seemed to resonate with longtime fans. This year, Cartier has added two new models with the Cartier Drive de Cartier Moon Phases watch and the Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat. Initial impressions here are that the Drive de Cartier Moon Phases presents a sufficiently pleasant, yet somewhat obvious option in steel or gold that adds variety to the collection and differentiates itself enough that it will be just right for some, and for others may simply elicit a “why not?” The Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat, however, looks sleek and sexy. In a way, I feel like the Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat realizes what the Drive de Cartier line should be all along. The catch? It’s only available in white or rose gold.
It probably doesn’t surprise you that as the founder of aBlogtoWatch, I spend a lot of time looking at watches on the internet. In fact, I would say that anyone who considers themselves a watch enthusiast is more or less required to spend at least an hour a week browsing for watches on eBay or other places where random assortments of interesting timepieces are available for sale.
Some of the things that I routinely look for on eBay are watches from the last 10 to 20 years which are no longer made, but still available to buy (new or pre-owned). My curiosity compels me to see what watches are available, at what prices, and whether or not they are in excellent or highly-worn condition. As a watch industry analyst, I get a lot of my questions answered this way, but I also find myself pining for a growing number of potential watch purchases that “got away.” More practically, I often find myself investigating what watches may have crept into the realm of affordability.
At SIHH 2018 Cartier is positioning the Santos collection as one of their key highlights for 2018 (debuted on aBlogtoWatch here). That means the Parisian brand just released a refreshed version of one of the most famous square-cased watches of all time – born at a time when the wristwatch was an infant in the early 20th Century. The 2018 Santos collection features a lot of exciting new things for one of Cartier’s most important watch collections – as well as a new reason to have interest in a genuine classic. It’s hard for me to say that Cartier Watches History Replica improved upon the Santos – because I still feel that the outgoing generation models are pretty special. With that said, Cartier certainly modernized the Santos while making an important part of their brand character appealing to a new group of watch buyers.
One thing is important to see with Cartier; unlike most manufacturers, they always had a strong focus on shaped watches. Many brands attempted to do so — especially in the 1920s and 1930s, in which Art-Deco also affected watchmaking and where we have seen several timepieces with rectangular or cushion-shaped watches — but few produces achieved to keep this attribute as a hallmark. In fact, if you look at the real collections of older brands, there are primarily round watches, if we talk about apparel or sports watches. However, Cartier’s strongest timepieces all share this idea of being separate from the standard of this round timepiece. Take for instance the Tank and its own rectangular case. Or the Santos, with a mix of square and octagonal shapes. You’ll also find the Tortue or the Roadster, using their barrel shaped instances. Recently, the brand introduced a few additional consensual watches, like for example the Ballon Bleu. But again, its not just a round case. Same can be said for your own Clé. Shapes are always a part of the style of a Cartier, with several different inspirations and fashion. But a Cartier is identifiable as so and the elegance of their watches is undeniable.
Since Cartier reinvigorated its fine watchmaking department eight years ago, it has surprised us each year with one great complicated watch after another. This year, Cartier had a different kind of surprise: a resurrection of the Panthère de Cartier, which had been discontinued in the early aughts. Aside from a new Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon (new in the sense that these complications are combined for the first time), the Cartier Panthère De Cartier was the main introduction at SIHH this year, making it clear that ladies’ watches aren’t second tier in marketing strength or sales.
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Welcome to the latest installment in our Cost of Entry series. In this aBlogtoWatch feature, we examine different brands through the lens of their most affordable model. Having previously looked at the entry-level offerings of Rolex, Omega, Panerai, and Hublot… today, a name well-known even far outside the world of watches: Cartier. And none other than the iconic Tank, in the form of the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic, represents the most affordable mechanical men’s watch Cartier offers, at around US$3,500. The question is, however, what exactly you get with the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic and how well it represents the brand.