Cartier Baignoire Allongèe 2605 'Arabic Numerals'

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If the Cartier Baignoire is modeled after a bathtub, the formidable Baignoire Allongée surely is akin to a luxurious swimming pool.

The Cartier Baignoire is based on an unnamed design from 1912 that was gifted by Louis Cartier to Russian Grand Duchess Pavlovna. The model was only released to the general public in 1957 under the ‘Baignoire’ moniker, from the French word for bathtub. Just a few years later, Cartier introduced an elongated version aptly named the Baignoire Allongée.

While the original Baignoire is a classic watch with lovely curves and modest dimensions, the Allongée is the dramatic sibling with its long drawn out lines and pointy shape. This Baignoire Allongée is a quartz-powered 18k yellow gold version from the late 1990s or early 2000s that measures 47 x 22 mm.

The classic silvered dial features beautiful guilloché engraving, while the classic Roman numerals have been replaced by playful painted Arabic numerals. A cool detail on this piece is the ‘Made in France’ signature at the six o’clock position on the dial. As Cartier tradition dictates, the watch features elegant blued sword hands and a matching blue sapphire cabochon on top of the crown.

This ref. 2605 has just been serviced at Cartier and comes on a black alligator leather Cartier strap with an 18k yellow gold Cartier ardillon buckle. The recent Cartier service papers are included.

Introduction

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 jeweller 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 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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