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18k Yellow gold
Original gold buckle
Cartier Diabolo Ref. 1470/1
Cartier, who doesn’t know the brand? Over the decades the name Cartier has become some sort of a synonym for luxury, but we bet that many people are not familiar with this Cartier watch.
This is the Cartier Diabolo. The women’s wristwatch was first introduced in the 1990s, and the watch case was, and still is a little untraditional. The gold watch case is very round and thick compared to the more traditional designs Cartier is known for. But the Diabolo is also a bit thicker to give the design a little more dimension. Then there are the lugs; very long and thin. At the very end of each lug, you’ll find a dark blue sapphire, an interesting and unnecessary feature, but it does add to the luxury feel this design will give you.
The dial and hands are designed in a way many people will like; the Cartier way. An off-white dial with printed black Roman numerals, and blued hands to display the time. A timeless and classy feature. A blue strap has been equipped, with on the end of it the original Cartier 18k buckle. Addding, this watch from 1993 comes with Cartier service papers.
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Cartier was founded by Louis-Francois Cartier in Paris in 1847. As number 59 on the Forbes most valuable brands list, it is safe to say that Cartier is a household name in the world of jewelry and watches.
Don’t be fooled by the glitter and glamour of the brand though. There is serious watchmaking heritage present here. Think, for instance, of the introduction of the men’s wristwatch. Up until the early 20th century, wristwatches were for women only. But then in 1904, the Brazilian dandy pilot Santos Dumont asked Louis Cartier for a more convenient solution to replace his cumbersome pocket watch. Cartier designed the Santos, the world’s first ever wristwatch for men. Who knows, we may have been Amsterdam Pocket Watch Company today, without Cartier’s massive influence on fashion!
Cartier is primarily known for its classic designs. Another famous example is the Tank. Inspired by a Renault tank from the WWI era, the rectangular case resembles the footprint of those early threaded vehicles. Like the Santos, its design has hardly changed in over a century.
The recipe is clear: white dials, heat-blued hands, stark black Roman numerals and a sapphire cabochon in the crown. We try not to be too liberal with the term iconic, but it surely applies here! Countless variations in case shapes, sizes, movement types and materials have been made. From the Ronde to the Pasha and from the Baignoire to the Ceinture. A fun detail is the signature below six o’ clock. “Swiss” indicates that these are Swiss made watches. But some come with a “Paris” designation, signaling those examples were sold in Cartier’s flagship store in Paris, Place Vendôme. A particularly desirable and collectible feature.
Cartier remained a family business until 1964. Today, it is part of the Richemont group, like IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Panerai, among many others. The classical designs remain a favorite among collectors and fashionistas alike.
If it is a timeless watch you are after, Cartier could just be perfect for you. Most of its designs are based on themes over a century old. And they have looked fresh and relevant ever since. We are confident they will remain so for a long, long time to come!
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