Cartier Baignoire 2311

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Baignoire is French for bathtub. This can be seen in the design of this watch. 
Louis Cartier, obsessed with design, has always been thriving in the genre of creating revolutionary and influential styles. Cartier, founded in 1847 in Paris, started making watches in the beginning of the 20th century. The House of Cartier pioneered in uniquely-shaped watches. In 1913, the brand created an oval watch and this model became the inspiration for the Cartier Baignoire. Finally, the Baignoire was introduced in the late '50s.
The 18k rose-gold version we can present you has the reference 2311 and dates back to the '90s. Its case measures 23 x 31 and houses a quartz movement. By all means, we prefer mechanical watches. Nevertheless, when it comes to Cartier, it's about the fine art of its case designs rather than what's inside the cases. What we really like is the elegantly-shaped crown, also known as Cabochon. The watch comes on a black, alligator-leather strap with an 18k rose-gold Ardillon buckle. It has been serviced by Cartier and comes with the service pouch and papers.

Introduction

Cartier Louis-François Cartier took over his master’s jewellery workshop in 1847. Over the years, his sons and grandsons inherited the family business and expanded the brand by opening shops in New York and London. King Edward VII of the United Kingdom granted Cartier a prestigious royal warrant in 1904, calling the brand “the jeweler of kings and the king of jewellers.” Such was the renown of Cartier, that royal warrants soon rolled in from all over the world (among which, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Siam, Spain, Portugal, and Russia). While Cartier is known primarily for its jewellery, it also has a storied history in watchmaking. Cartier’s first foray in watchmaking came in 1888, offering exclusively ladies models. In 1904, Louis Cartier gave his friend and Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont a wrist watch to wear during his flights. Until then, wrist watches were worn exclusively by women and men opted for the traditional pocket watch. The ‘Santos-Dumont’ was not only the first wristwatch geared towards men but also the first pilot’s watch!

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