Cartier Diabolo Ref. 1450 “Anniversary dial”

Here we have a solid 18k yellow gold Cartier Diabolo with a playful variation on the iconic Cartier dial.

This particular dial was launched in celebration of 150 years of Cartier in 1997. It is part familiar, with its stark black Roman numerals, part different, with its honeycomb pattern and Louis ‘heart’ Cartier emblem.

Lastly, a subtle ring of minute indicators around the perimeter of the dial is executed in burgundy, adding just a hint of color.

The watch comes on a brand new, original Cartier crocodile strap in ultra-deep blue. The 18k yellow gold buckle is also still present. Lastly, 2021 Cartier service papers are included.

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Brand

Cartier

Model

Reference

1450

Year of production (circa)

1997

Material

18k Yellow gold

Crystal

Sapphire

Dial color

Cream

Movement

Quartz

Diameter

27 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Leather

Buckle/clasp

Original gold buckle

Lug Width

15 mm

Set Content

Service papers

Details
Brand Cartier
Diameter 27 mm
Model Diabolo
Bracelet/strap: Leather
Reference 1450
Buckle/clasp Original gold buckle
Year of production (circa) 1997
Lug Width 15 mm
Material 18k Yellow gold
Set Content Service papers
Crystal Sapphire
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Cream
Movement Quartz
Backstory

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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