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Original gold buckle
Cartier Ellipse Ref 6711
Cartier was the world’s first jewelry brand. Renowned for the exclusive designs and jewelry of royal houses around the world. Not only then, but also now. Think of our Queen Maxima and of the English royal family, Kate Middleton is also a big fan of the Cartier brand.
Cartier has produced several lines over the years. It all started in 1904 with the Cartier Santos, commissioned by aviator Albert Santos-Dumont. 2 years later the first Tonneau was made. And from that line comes this beautiful watch with a particularly elegant case shape. All typical Cartier features are visible. The Roman index, blued hands, and the blue sapphire in the crown. What makes this Ellipse special are a few things, the case is made of 2 colors 18-carat gold, white and yellow. This gives a refined look and can be perfectly combined with other jewelry. The other is that it comes with the original clasp and box, and of course, the ‘Paris’ dial, giving it that little edge.
A jewel for a woman of this time, elegance at its best!
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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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