For many years, your watch has been your status symbol. Whether you’re an athlete demonstrating your dedication to the sport of diving, or a business person who values the quality of fine craftsmanship, the finest watches in the world, like Cartier and Rolex, will tell others a good deal about who you are.

A Brief History of Cartier Watches

Cartier was founded in Paris, in 1847 by a man named Louis-François Cartier. At this time, Cartier took over the workshop of his master. It wasn’t until his grandsons, Louis, Pierre, and Jacques took over the company that Cartier began gaining its world-wide status as a fine jewelry and watchmaker.

In 1904, Louis Cartier’s friend, a Brazilian aviation pioneer, complained to Louis about pocket watches being highly impractical for flying. Cartier took this as his cue to design a flat wristwatch for his friend, Alberto Santos-Dumont, that would be much more useful for flying. This is how the famous Santos watch from Cartier was born.

Since that time, the Cartier company has remained a family owned and controlled business until the 1960s. Then, in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Cartier has changed hands in leadership and has repositioned its headquarters on a few occasions. Today, Cartier is owned by Richemont, a Switzerland based luxury goods company that produces a variety of luxury jewelry, fashion, and accessories options. They specifically own multiple other famous luxury jewelry and watch companies, including:

Famous Cartier Watches

Whether you’re talking famous people owning Cartier watches, or famous or iconic watches themselves, Cartier has a long history of creating beautiful timepieces for those with a reputation for appreciating the finer things in life. King Edward VII of England is known to have referred to Cartier as “the jeweler of kings, and king of jewelers.” Those who have famously worn Cartier watches seem to agree.

Some of the most famous Cartier watches include these stunning pieces.

The Cartier Phoenix Décor Secret Watch

The Phoenix Décor is valued at somewhere around $2,775,000. This watch is made of platinum and plated with rhodium, two of the most expensive metals in the world for fine jewelry making. The eyes of the phoenix are made of emeralds, and the watch has over 3,000 diamonds that, combined, weigh 80.13 carats.

The Cartier Extra Large Ballon Bleu Tourbillon Diamond Watch

Valued at something like $1.07 million, the Ballon Bleu Tourbillon watch by Cartier is set in baguette diamonds which encircle the face and cover the bracelet.

The Cartier Extra Large Tortue High Complication Platinum Watch

Valued at half of a million dollars, this exclusive collection of fifteen Torture watches is one of the most expensive watches Cartier has made in the last few decades. The complications include a perpetual calendar, power reserve indicator, chronograph, and multiple sub-dials and a tourbillon. This particular watch has an alligator strap, and is water-resistant up to about 98.5 feet.

Famous Cartier Watch Owners

Through the years that Cartier has been around, many royal families have officially appointed Cartier as their purveyor of jewelry. This includes watches, tiaras, bracelets, necklaces, and more. Royal households that have named Cartier as such have included King Edward II of England, King Alfronso XIII of Spain, Carlos I of Portugal, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, King Chulalonkorn of Siam, King Peter I of Serbia, Duke Philippe of Orleans, and several others.

Some famous Cartier watch owners have included:

  • Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States
  • Keith Richards, rock-n-roll legend from the Rolling Stones
  • Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge/wife of Prince William of the United Kingdom
  • Truman Capote, American author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Antonio Banderas, a Spanish actor made famous in Spanish and American films
  • Andy Warhol, an American artist and director
  • Angelina Jolie, an American actress

Cartier Watch Collections

Cartier watch collections

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Cartier has been making watches since 1904, when they made the first Santos watch for the Brazilian aviator friend of Louis Cartier. Since then, they have grown their watch collections to include luxury watches of many styles and models, including collections of Cartier watches for men and for women.

Cartier Watch Women’s Collections

  • Panthere de Cartier
  • Tank
  • Ronde de Cartier
  • Ballon Bleu de Cartier
  • Cle de Cartier
  • Baignoire
  • Ballon Blanc de Cartier
  • Hypnose
  • Tortue
  • Crash

Cartier Watches for Men

  • Drive de Cartier
  • Tortue
  • Tank
  • Ballon Bleu de Cartier
  • Santos de Cartier
  • Calibre de Cartier
  • Cle de Cartier
  • Ronde de Cartier
  • Rotonde de Cartier

Luxury Watches Fit for a King

While you’re probably not royalty proper, a Cartier watch can help communicate to the world that you have significant value, and know who you are. A history of royalty and celebrities give Cartier watches an added touch of dignity and glamour that few other options can provide.

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