Collecting watches is more than a hobby–it’s a game of true wit and strategy. Ever collector must add to their collection classic vintage pieces, and keep a look out for watches that have the potential to become a vintage favourite in the future—keeping the collection a mix of vintage and contemporary designs.
A collector’s best bet then is to stick to classic brands known for their expertise, value and style—known for style, value and technical excellence.
When one thinks of classic watch brands, a few names always stand out—the likes of Rolex, Breitling and of course, watches from Cartier. Cartier has a fascinating story—all began when Louis Cartier, who loved mechanical pocket watches, devised his first wristwatch Santos for his friend and early aviation pioneer- Alberto Santos Dumont. Created in 1904, the Santos was up for sale in 1911—shifting people’s fondness from pocket watches to wristwatches, as we know them today.
With such a fascinating journey and strong heritage, no wonder Cartier is still a watch connoisseur’s favorite. We’ve rounded off 5 Cartier pieces on every watch collector’s map, both for men and women—
Cartier Santos De Cartier Santos 100
The iconic Santos collection exists till date- a testimony to Louis Cartier’s legacy. This robust watch tops our list for many reasons. The dial is a balance of sharp and soft curves—keeping things corporate and elegant at the same time. Nothing in this model is over the top, whether the simple silver black combo or the regal sapphire crystal—this watch is a classic through and through.
Cartier Ballon Bleu De Cartier
What immediately makes this watch stand out is the combination of yellow gold case and an almost tan hued strap. Add to that a simple white dial and you have us floored. What makes this classic and otherwise mature piece a little light and fun is blue spokes and a glimmering sapphire crystal. The automatic watch isn’t conservative at all, but holds on to the essence of luxury and grace.
Cartier Ronde Croisiere De Cartier
This rather contemporary design is a mix of all things Cartier—Roman Numerals within the classic Guilloche dial or the cabochon winding dial; the piece offers best of both worlds- vintage and modern. What’s particularly unique is the sporty design- a crisp black strap to complement the black case and dial, interspersed with hints of silver. The watch hosts the automatic movement 1847 MC, entirely designed, developed and assembled at the Cartier Manufacture.
The Baignoire is one of those timeless vintage specimens—always in style, always valued. The watch was designed in 1906 and works around an 18K rhodiumized white gold case with 41 brilliant-cut diamonds and 12-sided crown set with a brilliant-cut diamond—a 0.50 carats. Dial with silvered sunray effect. The Blued-Steel sword shaped hands complement the overall look as well. Safe to say the priceless design holds a special place in every collector’s heart.
Cartier Miss Pasha
This elegant rose gold strapped piece is from the Pasha series by Cartier. The sleek design and understated colour combination is futuristic, which is why we feel this watch is here to stay. Crystals on the dial add a chic element to the watch, while the blue spokes make it just the right kind of quirky. All in all, the watch lets out a youthful appeal.Bag this one for your collection, it’s sure to be a vintage favourite in a few years.
Versatility is a huge value point among collectors. Even within the same classic brand—you mustn’t limit yourself to a type, style or technology. Cartier has evolved through the ages, housing a range of classic and modern pieces—feels like money in the bank already.