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Feb 6, 2009, 10:24:21 PM2/6/09
The name is synonymous with luxury, quality, and style. Founded in
Paris in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier, the company became renowned
worldwide for its design and production of beautiful jewelry and opulent
objets d’art. A royal commission in 1904 made Cartier a supplier to Europe’s Crowned Heads of State and led England’s King Edward VII to describe
Louis Cartier, grandson of the founder, as the jeweler of Kings, the King
among jewellers. By the early 20th century, Cartier had expanded its
collection to include watches. At a time when pocket watches were still
considered de rigueur for the distinguished gentleman, Cartier helped
popularize the wristwatch, making it a bold fashion statement for men and
women as well as a status symbol among the well-to-do. Louis Cartier is
credited with creating the first men’s wristwatch, the Santos, in 1904. He
developed and named the watch for his client and friend, the Brazilian
aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who needed a device that would allow him to
read the time without taking his hands off the controls of his airplane.
Other classic designs followed, including Cartier's signature timepiece, the
Tank, in 1917, and later Cartier's first water-resistant watch, the Pasha,
created especially for the Pasha of Marrakesh. Treasured by collectors,
Cartier watches are distinguished by their impressive variety of shapes
(round, square, oval, Tank, Tortue and Tonneau), by their exceptional
materials and workmanship, and by their recognizable Cartier aesthetic, an
elegant blend of classic and modern design.

Replica Cartier Watches

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